Emily Belle Freeman
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THIS IS MY JOY

AND MY GREAT REJOICING

For Your Good

D&C 96:2 - D&C 100:2

We visited a live nativity last night for FHE.

Maybe you saw the pictures in yesterday's post.

I thought it was amazing...but I have been waiting for five years for everything to align so we could make it there.

It was everything I hoped it would be.

And more.

Not so for my seven year old nephew.

Because the whole world decided to go last night.  We knew we were in trouble when we had to wait in a long line of cars on main street before we even got to the right place.  Everything must have aligned for everyone in the world last night...because that's how many people were there.

Waiting.

In a really long line.

In the dark.

And the cold.

Finally, my nephew looked at his dad and said, "It's worth it to give up."

Yep, this little guy right here.

He had had enough of the long lines, the cold feet, the dark night.

But before too long we ran into the Roman Soldiers who wanted to know if we had come to pay taxes.  We couldn't resist getting a photo.

Not too long after that, Mack and Jackson in the bright yellow coat became fast friends.

There was hot chocolate involved.

And a late night donut run.

In the end it wasn't worth it to give up after all.

Do you ever have one of those life moments when you could quote my nephew?

"It's worth it to give up..."

Perhaps you waited for a long time for an answer.  Maybe your heart is growing cold.  You might feel like you are in a dark place.

Sometimes it's just because you've been stuck between a rock and a hard place for so long you wonder what happened to the joy.

In those moments I wonder if the Lord would say, "Let not your hearts be troubled..."  (D&C 98:18)

It's hard for us to picture what lies up ahead.

A friend.

Warmth.

Something sweet.

"Verily I say unto you my friends, fear not, let your hearts be comforted; yea, rejoice evermore, and in everything give thanks; Waiting patiently on the Lord, for your prayers have entered into the ears of the Lord of Sabaoth, and are recorded with this seal and testament ––the Lord hath sworn and decreed that they shall be granted.  Therefore, he giveth this promise unto you, with an immutable covenant that they shall be fulfilled; and all things wherewith you have been afflicted shall work together for your good..."  (D&C 98:1-3)

For your good.

When I read this scripture I was reminded of Mack's little sister, Maezie.

In celebration of Caleb coming home from his mission I bought the biggest balloons I could find.  They lasted forever.  And the very moment Maezie saw them she wanted them. "Balloons Home," she would tell me every time she came to my house.

I just wanted to keep them until the Homecoming was over.

But, still, daily she would ask, "balloons home?"

And she waited.

And waited.

Giving up wasn't worth it.

Finally, on Monday morning I untied the ribbons and took them out to where Maezie stood waiting...

She held out her hands, rejoicing.

Then she took her balloons home.

For good...

If you are wondering if waiting is worth it...it is.

The Lord has something in store for your good.

Just keep asking.

 

Emily Freeman