The hardest, and longest, lesson I have learned thus far in my life is that I cannot plan my life to go exactly the way I want it to. It has been such a long lesson because I seem to keep on having to learn it over and over again…why can’t I just get it already and stop being surprised when the perfectly planned life scenarios I create for myself spin out of my control? I doubt there is a person alive who has created a vision for his or her life early on and then experienced it play out immaculately through the decades. Why should I be any different? And yet, time and again I find myself mourning the lost opportunities of dreams that stubbornly refuse to become realities. I am not, innately, a real roll with the punches kind of girl, but I have gotten a little better over time at the whole when life gives you lemons, make lemonade thing. Anyway, Elder Wirthlin’s words here, Come What May and Love It, are the very reminder that I need right now.
I have a lot of friends who are going through, or have recently gone through, some very trying times. It is sometimes very difficult to see the long view when in the midst of strife, but it is so important that we focus on the knowledge that the Lord’s plans for our lives are always better than the plans we make ourselves. We must always trust in Him, and love life…whatever it brings…along the way.