This almost sounds like an ad for Apple...
The thing that I have found most helpful with my scripture app is the ability to read in the middle of the night while I'm up with the baby. I don't have to turn any lights on, so it's easier to get him back to sleep, and I have something to occupy my mind instead of just being really, really annoyed that I'm awake (you know the feeling).
That was a long introduction. I guess I get kind of wordy when I spend all day with four kids four and under, thus lacking coherent conversation that employs complete sentences.
As usual, life has handed us quite the struggle to be dealing with. I recently posted a lengthy tale on my personal blog describing the beginnings of my experience with Postpartum Depression and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder resulting from a traumatic birth experience (two, actually). It has been the singularly hardest time of my life, and we are far from being done with it all. It is this battle that brought significance to the verses of scripture that I would like to share today.
"For behold, ye shall be as a whale in the midst of the sea; for the mountain waves shall dash upon you. Nevertheless, I will bring you up again out of the depths of the sea; for the winds have gone forth out of my mouth, and also the rains and the floods have I sent forth.
"And behold, I prepare you against these things; for ye cannot cross this great deep save I prepare you against the waves of the sea, and the winds which have gone forth, and the floods which shall come. Therefore what will ye that I should prepare for you that ye may have light when ye are swallowed up in the depths of the sea?"
It is so easy to feel completely buried in whatever trial is currently swallowing us up. The mountain waves that crash all around us are powerfully overwhelming. But, God is in control! He sent the trials, designed specifically for each of us and the lessons that we need to learn in our own lives and in His time.
He prepares the way for us to get through. It always seems to take longer than we want, and we can't simply learn the lesson and move on--we have to truly gain the experience and learn for ourselves. And we can't do it without Him!
But, sometimes, we might feel like that ship that's completely at the mercy of the elements--
"And it came to pass that the Lord God caused that there should be a furious wind to blow upon the face of the waters, towards the promised land; and thus they were tossed upon the waves of the sea before the wind.
Tell me honestly that you haven't felt like that at some point or another. But read on, and there is hope!
"And it came to pass that
the wind did never cease to blow towards the promised land
while they were upon the waters; and thus they were driven forth before the wind."
No matter what the trial, we will always come out better for it in the end. God truly has designed every trail, every experience we have in our lives to improve us and make us learn and grow in ways that we cannot possibly imagine. Even in those times when we really do feel buried in the depths or tossed upon the waves, we are still pointed in the direction of our own promised land, if we but let God stay in control.
"...therefore when they were encompassed about by many waters they did cry unto the Lord, and he did bring them forth again upon the top of the waters."