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Allow Faith in God to Put Your Trials in a Positive Perspective

Updated on October 3, 2017
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I am a child of God with infinite worth just like you are. I'm also a lifelong member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Feeling Caught In the Storms of Life

We all go through unique and difficult trials. Sometimes it may feel like our trials are too much to bear.

If you're like me, you've probably had times in life when it felt like you were living in the midst of a raging hurricane that was trying to tear your life apart at the seams. Sometimes it probably seems like you're running as fast as you can and still getting nowhere. You might be feeling that way right now.

I'm not going to deny that your trials are real and that the burdens you carry may feel unbearable at times. It may be hard to hold back your tears or keep yourself from just curling up in the fetal position on your bed and hiding from the world.

I validate you in the way that you are feeling, but I hope that the words I offer will be able to give you hope to keep moving through your trials and see that you aren't alone.

I promise that as you choose to have courage to press forward with faith in Christ, you will be blessed beyond what you can imagine.

As you choose to have courage to press forward with faith in Christ, you will be blessed beyond what you can imagine.

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The Perfect Storm: An Account From the Scriptures

I find great strength during my most difficult trials as I choose to have faith that God has a plan for me.

There is one particular story in the scriptures that I often turn to when I feel like life is getting a little bit too hard.

This story begins during the time of the Tower of Babel which you can read about in the Old Testament.

God didn't approve of the Tower of Babel and as a result, He decided to confound the people's languages so that they couldn't understand each other.

During this time period, the brother of Jared and his family prayed that their family's language would not be confounded.(This account can be found in The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ)

Their family was righteous and the Lord answered their prayer. Along with allowing the family to continue communicating with each other, he commanded the family to leave their wicked community behind and set sail for the promised land (what we now know as the American continent).

The journey to the promised land was treacherous. In the book of Ether in the Book of Mormon, it says that:

"The Lord God caused that there should be a furious wind 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.

And it came to pass that they were many times buried in the depths of the sea, because of the mountain waves which broke upon them, and also the great and terrible tempests which were caused by the fierceness of the wind.

And it came to pass that when they were buried in the deep there was no water that could hurt them, their vessels being tight like unto a dish, and also they were tight like unto the ark of Noah; 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.

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."

I find great strength during my most difficult trials as I choose to have faith that God has a plan for me.

Trusting in God's Plan For Us Helps Us to Find Peace Throughout the Storm

When I'm going through the storms of life, the story of the Jaredites reminds me to stay positive and realize that there is a purpose for everything that I am going through.

You see, the people on those boats were going through a horrible trial. They were faced with a "furious wind" that tossed them and buried them with "mountain waves" in the depths of the sea, but there was a purpose behind the storm.

Later on in that scriptural account it says that the Jaredites were driven forth on the water for 344 days.

That's a long time to have to live with such frightening conditions, but can you imagine how long it would have taken them to get to the promised land if there wasn't any wind to help them get there?

What would have happened if the water would have been calm and smooth like glass? They probably wouldn't have gotten very far on their journey.

You and I are meant for amazing things. God has a plan for us. He absolutely wants what's best for us, and he knows our potential better than we do.

When I'm going through a trial, it really helps me out to put my faith in God and trust that the storm I'm dealing with is pushing me right into the place that I am supposed to be.

You and I are meant for amazing things. God has a plan for us. He absolutely wants what's best for us, and he knows our potential better than we do.

We can see the blessings that can come through our trials when we have faith in God's plan.

God Won't Leave You Alone In Your Trials

I also find great comfort in knowing that God won't leave me alone in my trials.

In the story of the Jaredites, the people were in what appeared to be extremely dangerous conditions, but they "cried unto the Lord", and they were protected.

They were likely frightened and possibly even terrified at times, but Heavenly Father knew what he was doing and made sure that they were safe.

Sometimes when I'm going through a trial, I don't feel like I am safe. Sometimes I feel terrified, because it seems like my world is falling apart, but when I choose to turn to Christ in those difficult moments I always find peace.

It's so important to keep an eternal perspective. God won't ever put us in a situation that can't work out for our good in the long run.

Christ is always with us. He understands exactly what we are going through. In Alma 7:11-12 it says:

"And he shall go forth, suffering pains and afflictions and temptations of every kind; and this that the word might be fulfilled which saith he will take upon him the pains and the sicknesses of his people.And he will take upon him death, that he may loose the bands of death which bind his people; and he will take upon him their infirmities, that his bowels may be filled with mercy, according to the flesh, that he may know according to the flesh how to succor his people according to their infirmities."

Christ went through the most difficult trial of all, and he came out on top. He died for us, but he conquered death so that all of us, like him, can have eternal life.

We are never alone. Although we may feel helpless at times, we can always find comfort by turning to Christ and recognizing that we are safe in his hands.

Christ is not only the perfect example, He is our Savior. No matter what happens, if we choose to have faith in Jesus Christ, striving to keep his commandments and use his atonement in our lives, we will come out on top, just like he has.

Christ is not only the perfect example, He is our Savior. No matter what happens, if we choose to have faith in Jesus Christ, striving to keep his commandments and use his atonement in our lives, we will come out on top, just like he has.

None were with Christ during his most difficult time, but we can take comfort knowing that He is always with us.

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      Rebecca Young 2 years ago from Renton, WA

      Thanks so much! I'm glad you liked it. I think we all need a reminder from time to time that we're loved and that everything is going to be ok. It was interesting, because I'm not going through any particularly difficult trial myself right now, but I felt very prompted to write on this topic. I know somebody needs it, and I'm sure Heavenly Father will make sure it gets in front of the people it can help the most. Thanks for sharing it and helping it get in front of more eyes.

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      Rachel L Alba 2 years ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      Hi Becca, it's so refreshing to read a hub like yours. Indeed it is true that Christ has promised never to leave us nor forsake us. Faith is what holds us together with Him. He loves us no matter what, but He wants us to love Him too. Thank you for sharing your faith and thoughts. I voted up and awesome and pinned it.

      Blessings to you.

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      Rebecca Young 2 years ago from Renton, WA

      Thanks for sharing your personal experience Rodric29. You are such a good example of finding strength and peace amidst horrible trials. It sounds like you have suffered much, but have learned to trust in our Savior and his love. Thank you again for being willing to share your experience.

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      Rodric Johnson 2 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      I suffer from chronic pain, epilepsy, diabetes, neuropathy, numb limbs, reduced mobility and some other stuff. In my trials at times I feel like it is too much and that I cannot go on. His love, the love of the Savior has made me see peace and find strength to go on. Thanks for reminding us of that. Voted up.