Emily Belle Freeman
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THIS IS MY JOY

AND MY GREAT REJOICING

Great Things

D&C 30:1 - D&C 35:20

One of the things that intrigues me most about the Doctrine and Covenants is how many chapters are devoted to answering the concerns of an individual.

My son, Orson...

Behold, I say unto you, my servants Ezra and Northrop...

Hearken unto the voice of the Lord your God, while I speak unto you, Emma Smith, my daughter...

It's almost as if they were receiving letters from home.  Personal.  Individual.  Filled with love, appreciation, and advice.

If He knew each of these people so well, then how well must He know us?

Our names.

Our pursuits.

Even the silent ponderings of our mind and heart.  The questions we may have never even uttered out loud.  The longing.  The hope.  The worry.

Through these chapters we come to better understand how the Lord might speak to each of us and how involved He is in the tiny details of our life.

One of my favorite examples of His knowing is found in D&C 35:3-4...

"Behold, verily, verily, I say unto my servant Sidney,  (I know you by name...)

I have looked upon thee and thy works.  (I am watching over you daily...)

I have heard thy prayers, (Both those uttered aloud, and those uttered silently, continually in your heart...)

and prepared for thee a greater work.

Thou are blessed, for thou shalt do great things."

I learn, as I read this, that He knows my name, that He watches over me, and that He hears my prayers.  But there is more...I am led to believe that He has prepared a great work for each of us...that He will bless us to do great things.

And I wonder, what great work does the Lord have in store for me?

I can't help but think about the circle of influence He has placed me in...

My thoughts focus on the hearts that fill my home.  What do they need from me right now?  What more can I give?  What great work is in store for me here?

Then my whole family...scattered in so many different places...each home filled with hearts I love.  What do they need from me right now?  What more can I give?  What great work is in store for me there?

And then the circle widens to include the women I visit teach.  I ask myself the same three questions... What do they need from me right now?  What more can I give?  What great work is in store for me there?

I can't help but consider my calling.  Immediately the images of those I serve come to mind...people.  Wasn't that the Saviors greatest work?  People?  My thoughts fill with them and I find myself asking again, What do they need from me right now?  What more can I give?  What great work is in store for me there?

Still the circle grows.  I think of the dear friends I have been blessed with in my life.  What do they need from me right now?  What more can I give?  What great work is in store for me there?

This is what fills my life.

This is my work.

These are the people I pray about day after day after day.

The Lord knows this.  My life.  My work.  The ones who fill my prayers.

Might He prepare me to do great things within this circle?  To help bear burdens, shoulder responsibilities, celebrate success?

Might He answer my concerns in that regard?  ...The personal concerns of my heart?

That I might be a blessing to those I love.  To do great things for these people who I love so dearly.

Will He prepare me also?

Because my greatest work begins in my home, and expands outward from there, in ripples...

If He knows my name, and He knows my works, and He hears my prayers, surely He will prepare me to do the greater things in the circles where it matters the most.

 

 

Emily Freeman