About two months ago, Tom and I were asked to speak in church. I was given the topic "Trusting in the Lord's Timetable". I took most of my ideas from Elder Dallin H. Oaks talk, Timing. That talk has been on my mind for almost a week now. I hope I can put into words the things I have been thinking and feeling this week.
In his talk Elder Oaks said,
"Faith means trust—trust in God’s will, trust in His way of doing things, and trust in His timetable. We should not try to impose our timetable on His. As Elder Neal A. Maxwell of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles has said:
'The issue for us is trusting God enough to trust also His timing. If we can truly believe He has our welfare at heart, may we not let His plans unfold as He thinks best? The same is true with the second coming and with all those matters wherein our faith needs to include faith in the Lord’s timing for us personally, not just in His overall plans and purposes.'
Indeed, we cannot have true faith in the Lord without also having complete trust in the Lord’s will and in the Lord’s timing."
I love that definition of faith. It is simple and direct. It is knowing that the Lord has a plan for me and being able to accept that plan and the timeline that comes with it. It makes me think, how I handle trials or disappointments when they arise? How can I do better?
Elder Oaks goes on to say,
"Faith and trust in the Lord give us the strength to accept and persist, whatever happens in our lives. I did not know why I received a “no” answer to my prayers for the recovery of my wife of many years, but the Lord gave me a witness that this was His will, and He gave me the strength to accept it."
This is the part of the talk I have been thinking about the most this week. Like Elder Oaks, I do not know why last Thursday I was given a "no" answer to my prayers of pleading that the Lord would save my pregnancy. I know that He could, if it were His will. I am grateful for Priesthood blessings and prayers of loved ones to help buoy me up and give me comfort and peace at this time. I am grateful to our Heavenly Father for the Brethren in the Quorum of the Twelve. I am grateful for their examples, for their willingness to serve and to share their experiences and testimonies which help strengthen me.
I know that the Lord has a plan for me and my family. I may not always know what that plan is but as long as I put my faith in it, I know that things will work out for the best. I strengthen my resolve to become a better disciple of our Lord so that when hard times comes I will have the strong foundation I need to get continue on and learn from my trials and disappointments.