Pearl, I understand your feeling gun shy. That’s the way I feel every time I go under anesthesia – I really, really don’t want to. The outcome is always unpleasant. I have never submitted to anesthesia because I wanted to wake up with a new scar and months to years of recovery. Every time I did it, it was because I had no choice. If I wanted to live, this was the only way.
I Un-Blogged about this in “Let Go and Let God” last November.
The only difference between having these trials – which we all will – is that when they come, when we surrender, when we let go and let God, we enter the domain of the divine.
I do NOT believe our trials will increase, or that we will experience or suffer more than is common to man. It is my experience and my faith that through these very elevated spiritual acts of consecration and surrender that we turn the common clay of human experience into spiritual gold and eternal glory.
Paul the Apostle, who knew and gave so much for Christ, said:
13 There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it. (1 Corinthians 10:13)
The Greek word for “temptation” used above can also be translated to mean “test” or “trial”, and “tempted” is footnoted in the LDS scriptures as meaning “seized upon” and references the story of Job.
Let us happily pay the price, and not fear.
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