Saturday, March 1, 2014

He's Got a Plan

Alrighty, quick update: I went and saw a specialist. I do have some nerve irritation, but luckily it wasn't snipped or anything.There isn't really anything I can do except let my body heal itself. The specialist told me of some nutrients to take to help speed up the process, but if I'm still not back to normal by the end of three months I have to get surgery or else my condition will become permanent because there is only a short window open for nerve recovery. Hoping and praying that it doesn't come to surgery because then I'd have to leave the mission early, but whatever happens happens and it's all in God's plan.

One of the more difficult things, at least for me, about preparing for a mission or even just being LDS is showing complete faith in His plan. The majority of the time I will come up with a plan that I think is just lovely and God will say "You're plan is alright, but let's try this instead..." and it is always better in the long run. Sometimes it is really frustrating when things don't go our way. Sometimes it is really frustrating when God gives us a commandment and we really would rather just ignore it. I can promise you that if you show faith in God and in His commandments, even when you don't understand why this thing is happening to you or why such a commandment even exists, I can promise that you will be much happier.

A scripture story that comes to mind is Nephi when his father told him that they would be leaving Jerusalem because it would be destroyed. I look up to Nephi and try to live his valiant example of "I will go and do the things which the Lord hath commanded, for I know that the Lord giveth no commandments unto the children of men, save he shall prepare a way for them that they may accomplish the thing which he commandeth them". Nephi knew that they would have to escape into the wilderness, but he didn't know how long they would be there, or what would happen, what trials awaited him or where they would end up. He knew that he would be leaving everything behind, his home and friends and wealth, but he trusted God and believed Him when He told his father that everything would be alright and so he went.
Sometimes we have to enter the wilderness in order to progress, just like Nephi. It is really scary to leave the familiar and enter the unknown, but with the comfort of knowing that God gives you no commandment or trial unless He knows you can overcome it, we can have the strength to do mighty things. :)

I don't know what God has in store for me, who I will impact or not, whether or not my nerve will recover, if I will be able to be out the full time or not, but I believe Heavenly Father when He tells me that He has a plan for me, so I don't worry about it and I trust that everything will turn out how it is supposed to if I just show complete obedience. :)

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