Our move has brought me closer to a lot of things. CL's work, shops, neighbors, and more. But, one of the things I enjoy most about our move is now I'm living closer to some of my kids and grandkids.
Having my little 18 month old granddaughter over often has allowed me to do something I've really missed...seeing her in action! One thing I've noticed is that she is scared of 'Finding Nemo', and the lion that roars at the beginning of movies.
Whenever she gets frightened, she automatically says, "It's okay, it's okay." She repeats this over and over again until the scary moment has passed.
She has taught me a great lesson...when I'm scared, worried, or discouraged, I need to remember that 'It's okay', because I know my Father in Heaven is mindful of me. He will not give me more than I can handle without giving me a way out, and all things will work for my good. I especially like this scripture found in the Book of Mormon:
1 Nephi 3:7 And it came to pass that I, Nephi, said unto my father: I will go and do the things which the Lord hath commanded, for I know that the Lord giveth no commandments unto the children of men, save he shall prepare a way for them that they may accomplish the thing which he commandeth them.
All the time my granddaughter is saying, 'It's okay," her voice is trembling and she has a worried look on her face. I guess she's trying to convince herself. Like most of us, we need to convince ourselves that no matter how deep our trials and fears are, IT'S OKAY!
My greatest growth has come from my own trials. The deeper the trial, the greater the growth, and since I want to grow and return to my Heavenly Father, I've learned that trials are OKAY! I have found comfort in the scriptures and in personal prayer with my Heavenly Father. I know he lives and loves me too, therefore it is okay.
If you're facing a scary lion, remember the words, IT'S OKAY.