"It is simply there. It is there for you when you are sad or happy, discouraged or hopeful. God’s love is there for you whether or not you feel you deserve love. It is simply always there." -President Monson
Easy as pie. Heavenly father’s love is simply there. I can illustrate this by using a simple, non-climatic story. This past Wednesday started off like a typical “hump day” for me. I was excited about the shortened day with my students. Like most Wednesdays I had survived afternoon professional development. However, as I was driving home midweek exhaustion had simply decided to catch up with me. I was hopeful though that I would be able to accomplish some homework for grad school before going to meet a friend for dinner. As I pulled up to my apartment and began to enter my gate code, I suddenly recognized that I did not have my wallet with me. Of course I frantically searched my car…dug through my never ending bags..and I still came up empty handed. I conclude that I must have left my wallet at school. Frustrated from this simple and stupid mistake, I would need to go back, so that I might be able to pay for my dinner which I was meeting a friend for within the upcoming hour . Fighting five o’clock traffic, I rushed back to my classroom. Unfortunately, there was no wristlet to be found. (Don’t worry, the wallet was found the next day) Feeling defeated I humbly texted my friend that they would have to buy my dinner for the evening. While heading to dinner I noticed my gas gauge dropping, I would be running out of gas shortly. However, I managed to make it to restaurant safely and before my dinner date. As I was outside waiting I received a phone call from my younger sister that was simply anything less than positive. Already feeling beaten down from the past few hours, I just sat there listening to her vent.
Then I simply decided to look up. Walking towards me I saw an old, college friend who I hadn’t seen in about a year. As she approached me I swiftly ended the phone call. In a matter of seconds she was giving me a much need hug. (Along with her boyfriend, so that’s two hugs) Right then I knew it. Someone else was watching out for me. Through that simple hug I could feel the love that my Heavenly Father has for me. I was overcome with such peace and joy. I tried to simply explain to my old classmate how much it meant to me to “run into her that night”, but I'm not quite sure she truly grasp the role she had played. After, brief catching up, we both went our separate ways. My spirit had been lifted and I had an enjoyable dinner with the friend I had originally planned to meet. (Also, it was FREE)
I can’t help to reflect on what many would call a simple coincidence…bumping into an old friend. Although, I know exactly what it was. It was my adoring heavenly father’s love. It was comforting. It was resilient. It was “simply there”. What leaves me completely awe struck from this experience is how present he is in our lives. When I look around me I have currently have close friends who have recently lost love ones, husbands who have been laid off, testimonies being tested, struggling relationships, houses that have been robbed, cancers that have been found, undeniable work exhaustion and futures that seem uncertain. Yet he’s still willing to let me know he has my back simply because of few crummy hours I was having on a Wednesday evening.
President Monson said, “We were not placed on this earth to walk alone. What an amazing source of power, of strength, and of comfort is available to each of us. He who knows us better than we know ourselves, He who sees the larger picture and who knows the end from the beginning, has assured us that He will be there for us to provide help.”
How true and simple this is.
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