Tuesday, September 20, 2011

'Seeketh Not Her Own'

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So, a month and a half ago, I wrote a posting and included this scripture in that posting:
'And charity suffereth long, and is kind, and envieth not, and is not puffed up, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil, and rejoiceth in the truth, beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.'
~ Moroni 7:45

I had decided that I needed and wanted to study more about that scripture as it pertains to my life and how I want my life to be. So then, after a lot of soul searching, I wrote another posting last month about some of my thoughts and what I have been learning.

Aaron Jr and I watched the newest Narnia movie recently called: Narnia, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. As most people probably know, the lion called Aslan in these movies is a representation of Jesus Christ. As we watched this movie, one of the characters, Eustace, was somehow changed into a dragon, and later in the movie, Aslan changes him back to a boy.
This conversation at the end of the movie caught my attention and I wanted to share it because it hit home to me as I seek to listen and learn from my surroundings.

Edmund: So what was it like when Aslan changed you back?
Eustace: No matter how hard I tried, I just couldn't do it myself. then he came towards me. It sort of hurt, but it was a good pain... like when you pull a thorn from your foot.

As soon as I heard that conversation in the movie, I immediately thought of my situation and thought about the posting I did last month called 'Good Grief'. I talked a lot about pain in that posting. As I heard that conversation in the movie, I thought about my journeyings in the past several years... and the pain that I have felt and tried to endure. It reminded me of all the times I have learned about how the pain we endure through our trials and hardships are Heavenly Father's way of molding us (or changing us) into what He needs us to become. Of course, in the moment, the pain is not easy... it hurts, but once you feel like you are pulling through it, you realize how strong you have become and the pain becomes a blessing. The part where Eustace says that no matter how hard he tried, he just couldn't change himself back reminded me of the atonement of Jesus Christ. There are countless thing in this world that we cannot do unless we have the help of the Savior. There are so many things we cannot do for ourselves, but can do them with the help of Jesus Christ. Changing into what we are meant to become is one of those things. But there IS pain involved.

This reminds me of something I was talking to my friend Alisha about. She was telling me about CIPA -- congenital insensitivity to pain with anhidrosis. It is a disorder where you cannot feel pain. You can feel the sense of touch, but cannot feel pain. (here are a couple of news articles about kids with this disorder, very eye opening: Article 1, Article 2). At first when I heard about this, it sounded like a dream come true... not feeling pain, but its not a dream come true. My friend told me that the life span for someone with this disorder is young because they do not learn from the pain that they might feel in their life. If they touch a hot plate, they don't feel the pain, but their body still gets burned. But because they didn't feel the excruciating pain, they might touch it again. They end up damaging their bodies because their bodies don't give them the response that the need in order to stop doing something harmful. Think about how well this disorder relates to emotional and spiritual pain as well. The pain we experience in our lives is what helps us to become stronger and helps us to grow. Pain hurts, but imagine if we didn't progress in our lives because we didn't feel the pain from those things that stretch us, that build us, and that help us to grow and become strong. Imagine the lack of strength we would receive if we never experienced pain in our lives. We would be weak physically, spiritually, emotionally, and mentally.

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Anyhow, back to the movie... a few minutes later in the movie, Prince Caspian says something else that really struck me and made me reflect on my life all over again, he said:

Prince Caspian: I've spent too long wanting what was taken from me and not what was given.

This line hit home to me because I have spent years doing just that... wanting what was taken from me and not what was given. If only you all knew exactly what this means for me.
I saw this movie after I had been studying out that scripture in my mind. This line went perfectly with what I had been thinking about for a couple of weeks and it had to do with the line in that scripture that says:

'seeketh not her own'

This line of that scripture has caused me to really take a good look at myself and I didn't like what I saw when it came to that part of the scripture. 'seeketh not her own'... I realized while reading that scripture that I had been trying desperately to 'seek my own' will, and I had not been 'seeking' and accepting the will of God.

I didn't realize it before, but I now realize that, in the past several years, I have been fighting against my reality. I know that I really am a widow, but because I have hated that reality so much, I have been fighting against LIVING that reality. I hate the reality of being alone (without a husband), so I have spent years wanting that back, wanting what was taken from me. I have tried my hardest to put my life on hold... and live in limbo... while I waited for my life to become the reality that I actually want it to be. I have been appearing to live, but in reality, I have been going through the motions of life as I waited and waited to meet someone, get married, and finally begin living again... living the reality that I want most.

So, yes, I have been spending my time wanting what was taken from me instead of what has been given to me.

But its time to stop. I know it is time to stop fighting my reality and accept that this IS my reality. Of course this is easier said than done, but if I am going to learn what I am meant to learn, I have to do my best. I am sure I could have learned so much more of what I need to learn by now if I had not been fighting against the Lord's will. When I think about what I have been given, I feel so ungrateful because of the time I know I have wasted as I fought against what the Lord has tried to teach me and what He has given to me through this trial.

Its kind of strange to even talk about fighting against the Lord's will. Its not like I have thought that I could change the facts of my life, but when I say fighting... I guess it means that I am rebelling against my own reality, not wanting to face that it is real. All I have been really doing is 'seeking my own' will instead of submitting to the will of my Father in Heaven. Obviously, THIS is His will. So, what do I do with THIS reality? That is what I should be asking myself.

I don't know how long it is going to take me to learn that the will of Heavenly Father will bring me so much more JOY and happiness in the long run than trying to force my own will. He sees the big picture, I don't. He knows truly who I am and what will be the best path for me, I don't.
I know that I am a daughter of God and that He loves me, and I know that I need to put more trust in Him.

I even bought a book at our family yard sale this past weekend about this very subject by Elder Neal A Maxwell. I look forward to beginning to read it and I hope it gives me even more insight for myself and also to share.

So, this is the next installment of my 'Good Grief' series. Seems a little silly, but I am learning a lot. :) Something I need to work on:
accept THIS reality, instead of fighting against THIS reality; seek the will of God, instead of seeking my own will.

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John said...

You're doing great. Great insight. Keep it up! Love you.

Kristi said...

I love to seeng you healing and growing bit by bit. It says a lot about you that the Lord knows you can handle this tremendous trial. Thanks for sharing your insights. They reach beyond your specific situation and can help others.

Allred Mom said...

What a great post. It is true that accepting the Lord's will is often hard. You are doing amazing. Your diligent search with this scripture has given you answers and insight, that you may have otherwise overlooked. Thank you for sharing in your journey. It was very uplifting to me.

Seivert/Webb Family said...


You're doing fine. You are exactly where you should be. This road you're on is long, and hard... you come to a good place in your own time. Don't be hard on yourself, the people around you aren't and neither is God. You are going about things well, and in your own time...

If I ever see you, I will hug you!


rsctt said...

I am sorry for your loss. I bless you to deep peace, that passes all understanding.. and big dreams to give you a future and a hope!