Wednesday, May 6, 2009

This Storm is Beautiful!

I have more than I can handle in my life right now and I wonder if I can put it all together into a cohereant sentence that will tell others what I think is important and how to find it. The sad part is I don't think I really understood what it is that I wanted, until lately. Some people come into this life with goals, desires, and experiences that are focused and that they work toward with gusto. I did not get this gene in my DNA. All I knew is that I wanted to have experiences with Heavenly Father. There has never been anything else in my life that has held my attention. Not even my family, until lately. It seems that I have just in the past few years begun that road where I like where I am going and I have a bit of the focus I think a person should have. I have never thought I would be where I am, but here I am, and loving it!

I stand here thinking that there has got to be something that makes all of this so sweet, something that can be explained, and then I wonder WHY I am so happy when there is so much to be miserable about? I guess part of it is my children. They are the part of my life that makes the rest worth it, and I never thought I would be that person. You see, I was born without a mother bone. I often have thought that I should have been a boy because I have more emotions like them. It has always been easier for me to be logical than emotional. Not that I haven't had the emotion, I just didn't like it. I guess I couldn't really "feel" it. It was all just one extreme after another without anything really sweet.

Now it is different. I have something I didn't know was possible. I have that "joi de vive" that I have so often wondered if it really existed. And of all the times in my life that it should not be present, it is here now. How could one little relationship bring so much joy into my life? How could I have what I have always wanted, now, when before it was only a dream and one that I didn't know how to attain? I guess when you think you might loose something you really want it and pay more attention to it and find greater joy in it. That is my experience with parenthood, both that of being a parent and being parented. As long as it is easily attainable then it is nice but not priceless, when it is thougth to be lost, it becomes of great value.

I love my sweet Father who stands with me in everything and brings peace to the storm. Thunder storms and lightening are scary and beautiful; when we are children we think that they are more scary than beautiful, when we grow up, we only see the beauty. It's the same with trials. They are only scary when we are little and don't understand that if we will but trust in the Savior, we will be alright, and not only alright but in a beautiful place that we get to experience with Heavnly Father, a beautiful place that fills us with awe and respect and dare I say it, joy!

If you move one letter in the word "trial" you get "trail". Trails take us to new and wonderus places, filled with joy and beauty. This is what I am finding in my life. Trials that have become trails that are leading me to sweet and profound moments with my best and most loyal Friend. I only want to testify of His love and let eveyone know of the hand that is upon them at all times. If we could only see what is real. If we could see how He is constantly with us and walks in our paths and brings joy to the moment when we notice Him, then we find true joy! There is nothing better than noticing that we are not alone in a moment of hardship and pain along our trail. The tender arms of a loving parent wrapped around us or holding our hand and wispering encouraging words. I think it is worth the stubbed toe on the "trail" of life. It is an adventure that I choose, one that I would not trade for all the money or "picture perfect" moments in the world!


Hess said...
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Hess said...

That was so beautiful, inspiring, hopeful and peaceful. What more could one want from reading such an eloquent post.

Your post puts me feelings into words. I know I need to put so much more effort into my relationship with Heavenly Father to get what I want out of it. I hate it; I do just enough to always feel guilty. I am not fully immersing myself in the gospel. We are not just baptized by just a little sprinkling of water, we must be fully submerged. There is such a great significants in fully immersing our life’s with the gospel each, and everyday to feel the constant power of the Holy Ghost with us. Is where I feel the true power, faith and confidence that I need! WHY, can't I just get there and stay there!! I guess if I always had it I would not fully appreciate it, it is in the sacrifices that I make, will help me appreciate it.

Thanks for helping me reflect on such a crucial part of who I am, and want to be!

You are such a beautiful person inside and out. I am, well not the best, at expressing my feelings in person. I hope you know how much I LOVE YOU, and am grateful for the sacrifices you made to help me through some of my hard times, thanks again.


Lindsey Smith said...

You have no idea how much i needed that today. Life can be so complex and frightning at times that you forget that God is right there next to you holding your hand. i think i forget about his all knowing plan sometimes and then i am left feeling the fear again. It was nice to read your blog today and be reminded that He is still there, still wanting to help and love. I love you Karen and I am SOOO glad that I am lucky enough to have you as a sister. Love You!

TnD said...

Beautifully said. I love the idea that our trials can be trails to experience, beauty and love. I truly believe this and have experienced this.

theadventursofsidandlinda said...

You have a powerful way of expressing yourself, your insights and your feelings. I am so grateful that you are my daughter and that you have learned to soar.