So this week in my personal study I read Ether 6 and just had a CRAZY CRAZY moment of inspiration 🙂
5 And it came to pass that the Lord God caused that there should be a afurious wind blow upon the face of the waters, btowards the promised land; and thus they were tossed upon the waves of the sea before the wind.
6 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.
7 And it came to pass that when they were buried in the deep there was no water that could hurt them, their vessels being atightlike unto a dish, and also they were tight like unto the bark 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.
8 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 adriven forth before the wind.
9 And they did asing praises unto the Lord; yea, the brother of Jared did sing praises unto the Lord, and he did bthank and praise the Lord all the day long; and when the night came, they did not cease to praise the Lord.
10 And thus they were driven forth; and no monster of the sea could break them, neither awhale that could mar them; and they did have light continually, whether it was above the water or under the water.
11 And thus they were driven forth, athree hundred and forty and four days upon the water.
Now, when I read these verses I began to think of trials that each and every one of us face. I feel like each one of us, in some time in our lives if we already haven’t, will pass through furious winds, we will pass through mountains of waves, sometimes we will be buried in deep waters encompassed in the waves, and we will feel scared or abandoned. These trials may be DAY after DAY for almost ONE WHOLE YEAR! Can you believe they were in the storm tossed sea, in a little boat for a year. It just amazes me.
BUT if we trust in God and sing praises unto him and pray (I like that part) we will make it to the promised land and cry tears of joy for the tender mercies we receive from Him. 🙂
12 And they did aland upon the shore of the bpromised land. And when they had set their feet upon the shores of the promised land they bowed themselves down upon the face of the land, and did humble themselves before the Lord, and did shed tears of joy before the Lord, because of the multitude of his ctender merciesover them.