I believe things are going to work out.
Things in general. I believe that because of Christ’s promises, such as:
“Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you. … Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid” (John 14:27).
So why do I still worry so much?
I don’t want to be troubled or afraid… It’s not fun. And Christ controls the bigger picture. So knowing He’s in control, I guess I have two options… (1) I can worry, and things will work out, or (2) I can not worry, and things will work out.
One of those sounds a lot better.
But it’s still not that easy.
I think it’s because Christ’s promise is more than a promise. It’s an invitation. Elder Holland goes even further calling it a “commandment.”
I submit to you, that [John 14:27] may be one of the Savior’s commandments that is, even in the hearts of otherwise faithful Latter-day Saints, almost universally disobeyed; and yet I wonder whether our resistance to this invitation could be any more grievous to the Lord’s merciful heart. I can tell you this as a parent: as concerned as I would be if somewhere in their lives one of my children were seriously troubled or unhappy or disobedient, nevertheless I would be infinitely more devastated if I felt that at such a time that child could not trust me to help or thought his or her interest was unimportant to me or unsafe in my care. In that same spirit, I am convinced that none of us can appreciate how deeply it wounds the loving heart of the Savior of the world when he finds that his people do not feel confident in his care or secure in his hands or trust in his commandments.
I think it can get easier.
I guess because it’s a commandment, it’s something I can get better at. The more I look for the Lord’s hand in my life and practice relying on Him, the easier I think it becomes.
I still struggle with worrying sometimes, but my HWN recently has been the process… As I try, I feel my ability and desire to trust Him increase.
p.s. Here are a few pictures of my adventures with the weather warming up…