I had one of those moments while I was reading the scriptures when I thought “Wait, was that in there the last time I read? Who put that there?”.
It was a funny thought, yes, because obviously we know who put the phrase there. I just hadn’t noticed it before. The phrase was: “all things must come to pass in their time”. Perhaps it was my state of mind at the time that caused that phrase to pop out, but at any rate I think this statement may help all of you in the various situations you find yourselves in. That’s why I felt that I should share it with you.
We all experience times in our lives when we want something very deeply–so much that we can hardly bear waiting for that moment when everything will play out just right. Surely, we think, then the metaphorical gates will burst open, trumpets will sound, doves will fly, rainbows will fill the skies, and everything will be perfect from then on. But is that really how life works? Are we always waiting for something better to happen, or are we enjoying life right now? Let me quote the entire passage that I read:
“All things must come to pass in their time. Wherefore, be not weary in well-doing, for ye are laying the foundation of a great work. And out of small things proceedeth that which is great.” (Doctrine and Covenants 64:32-33)
Did you notice how powerful those simple phrases are? The things we are waiting for will come when they come. In the meantime, we will continue doing the daily things required to reach those goals and find joy in small moments. The great things come from the little things. Another related quote recently shared by President Dieter F. Uchtdorf helps me focus on what will make me truly happy:
“Never stop striving for the best that is within you. Never stop hoping for all of the righteous desires of your heart. But don’t close your eyes and hearts to the simple and elegant beauties of each day’s ordinary moments that make up a rich, well-lived life. The happiest people I know are not those who find their golden ticket; they are those who, while in pursuit of worthy goals, discover and treasure the beauty and sweetness of the everyday moments. They are the ones who, thread by daily thread, weave a tapestry of gratitude and wonder throughout their lives. These are they who are truly happy.” (Forget Me Not, Sept 2011)
I know that happiness does not come in only the glorious, grand moments of life. Each day is full of miracles, moments, and memories that can uplift us on our journey back to our Father in Heaven. Don’t be discouraged by your seemingly small efforts, you are making a difference. Keep your eyes open for those simple joys and you will find that your life is quite wonderful after all.