Throughout our lives, we are all going to experience pain. This pain may be from an illness, sin, or actions from someone else in our life. Although it may feel as though we have to carry these burdens all alone, we don't. I have been dealing with an illness that has dragged on for months. I often feel that no one knows how I feel or what I'm going through. Although my family has constantly been there to take care of me, sometimes it's just difficult. I've learned to really put my life in the hands of the Lord. I have received several priesthood blessings and prayers. Through my trials, I have been able to see the Lord's hand in my life. We we repent, we also are able to see the Lord's hand and realize that we aren't alone, even in our roughest hours.
One of my favorite poems is called "Footprints". The true author is unknown, but it goes like this:
"One night a man had a dream.
He dreamed he was walking along the beach with the Lord.
Across the sky flashed scenes from his life.
For each scene, he noticed two sets of footprints in the sand:
one belonging to him, and the other to the Lord.
When the last scene of his life flashed before him,
he looked back at the footprints in the sand.
He noticed that many times along the path of his life
there was only one set of footprints.
He also noticed that it happened at the
very lowest and saddest times in his life.
This really bothered him and he questioned the Lord about it.
'Lord, you said that once I decided to follow you,
You'd walk with me all the way.
But I have noticed that during the most troublesome
times in my life, there is only one set of footprints.
I don't understand why when I needed you most
You would leave me.'
The Lord replied, 'My son, My precious child,
I love you and would never leave you.
During your times of trial and suffering,
when you see only one set of footprints,
it was then that I carried you.'"
Although we may feel alone when times get rough, this poem is a simple way of showing us that we never are. During the October 2016 General Conference, Carole M. Stephens gave a talk entitled "The Master Healer". In the talk, she says "First, the Savior, the Master Healer, has the power to change our hearts and give us permanent relief from the sorrow caused by our own sin... Second, the Master Healer can comfort and strengthen us when we experience pain because of the unrighteous actions of others... Third, the Master Healer can comfort and sustain us as we experience painful 'realities of mortality,' such as disaster, mental illness, disease, chronic pain, and death." She testifies "You don’t have to continue to carry the burden of sorrow caused by sin—alone. You don’t have to carry the pain caused by the unrighteous actions of others—alone. You don’t have to experience the painful realities of mortality—alone." Christ has promised us that, if we turn to him, we will never be alone.
To read the whole talk, click here. Leave a comment below about how you've seen the Lord's hand in your life.