I Will Be Found of You
In the January 2010 Ensign at the very back, there is a very short article that is incredibly profound and worth reading. Because it is so short, it is great for a quick and easy read, but the power of the message far surpasses its length. I would like its message to be the basis for our Think & Share this month. Read the article found below and then read the Think & Share challenge that follows it…
‘I Will Be Found of You’
by Aaron West
Ensign, Jan 2010, 80
At the conclusion of our Sunday School lesson, Sister Hart asked us to turn to Jeremiah 29. She said she would read verses 12–14 aloud, and she asked us to ponder the meaning of the words.
“Then shall ye call upon me,” she read, “and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you.
“And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.
“And I will be found of you, saith the Lord …”
Sister Hart went on, finishing verse 14, but my thoughts lingered happily behind, savoring the promise “I will be found of you.” I was reminded of the times when my wife, Emma, and I played hide-and-seek with our young children. When it was our turn to hide and their turn to seek, we always made ourselves easy to find. Sometimes we made noises or left a foot in plain view so they would find us quickly. Sometimes we hid in the same place repeatedly. We wanted the children to search for us, but we also wanted them to find us. We looked forward to their hugs and their joyful, unrestrained giggles of triumph.
This memory deepened my understanding of our Heavenly Father’s love for us. He wants us to search for Him, but He also wants us to find Him—He knows how happy we will be when we do. He does not try to trick us. Rather, He does all He can to help us know where and how to search: He gives us the scriptures, calls prophets, listens to our prayers, guides us by the power of the Holy Ghost, blesses us with temples and priesthood ordinances and family and friends. And if we have found Him somewhere once, we are sure to find Him there again if we are willing to renew our search.
“I will be found of you, saith the Lord.” What a comforting promise! In a world where trouble and temptations seem to find us so easily, it is reassuring to know that our greatest source of strength is so easy to find.
Life is crazy and with the distractions that abound, it is easy to lose sight of where we can find our greatest strength. One of the most powerful distractions is the suffering of trial. In moments when we feel so alone and forgotten, the Savior is still there, waiting for us to find Him and draw near to Him. This month, I would like us to consider the places we have personally found the Savior. Where have you found Him? How have you found Him? What blessings have been yours when you have found Him? Please be thinking and don’t forget to share…
The Power of Music. Thank you for the opportunity to ponder on the message this month. Since I am a trained vocalist, often the Spirit speaks to me through the hymns and directs me to a loving Heavenly Father who truly knows my heartache to succor me. It caused me to remember the moments when I sat in an empty nursery and pleaded with the Lord to finally “cast my burden on him.” I talked with my father again, and he told me to get my hymn book out and review “How Firm A Foundation” not the main verses but the others. One spoke to me so keenly…
When through the deep waters I call thee to go,
The rivers of sorrow shall not thee o’erflow,
For I will be with thee, thy troubles to bless.
And sanctify to thee, And sanctify to thee,
And sanctify to thee thy deepest distress.
Infertility is part of my story but it isn’t ALL my story. I would not be the woman I am today without this trial. It has provided an opportunity for the bitter and the sweet. I would not be able to enjoy my two miracle boys (through adoption) without the bitterness. My sad tears have turned to happy tears.
Nature and Spiritual Pools. Sometimes it feels like we are forgotten and that Heavenly Father and our Savior are so far from our lives. I find comfort in knowing that they are always there…they aren’t trying to hide from us or to trick us. They want us to find them…just like in Brother West’s article. Even though it is sometimes hard because I am not looking in the right places, I find evidence of Them each day. I think the most evident places I find them are (1) outside in nature, and (2) when I am immersing myself in spiritual “pools”. Being outside, breathing fresh air, feeling the warmth of the sun has always drawn my attention to my Father and Savior. The world is an obvious and beautiful blessing, indicating Their love and Their presence. And, when I am reading an article from the Ensign, some verses from the scriptures, listening to an inspiring talk, or being in the temple, my spiritual senses are awakened and I feel the energy of the Spirit testifying of the love of my Heavenly Father and Savior. Making the effort (which, honestly, IS sometimes hard) to dip my toes into these “pools”, intrigues me enough that I want to immerse myself entirely and to soak up every drop of strength offered.