In my mind’s eye I see the world and a ring of righteous people surrounding it, like a cutout of paper dolls holding hands and hugging the earth. Stepping back and letting go of drama releases me from sadness (it is what it is) to embrace goodness. Having love in my heart, no matter what, is only possible when stepping back from trouble to have a spiritual heart.
- “And it came to pass that I, Nephi, beheld the power of the Lamb of God, that it descended upon the saints of the church of the Lamb, and upon the covenant people of the Lord, who were scattered upon all the face of the earth; and they were armed with righteousness and with the power of God in great glory.” 1 Nephi 14:14
Counsel from Elder Jeffrey R. Holland:
His divine love and unfailing help will be with us even when we struggle—no, will be with us especially when we struggle.
“Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard?” Isaiah cried. “[God] giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength. …“… They that wait upon [Him] shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles. … “For … the Lord … God will hold [their] right hand, saying unto [them], Fear not; I will help thee.”
If gospel standards seem high and the personal improvement needed in the days ahead seems out of reach, remember Joshua’s encouragement to his people when they faced a daunting future. “Sanctify yourselves,” he said, “for to morrow the Lord will do wonders among you.”