Wednesday, June 10, 2015

God Isn't Afraid of Your Darkness

I read a post today that I really liked by Nikki Yaste called "An Honest Testimony from a Not So Typical Mormon"

My favorite part:

God’s love isn’t this red hot type of love, it’s a willingness to love those things that are messy. Those things that are ugly. Those things that we have done that we would rather not talk about. God isn’t afraid of you. Of me. He isn’t afraid to see our darkness because His love is perfect. His light illuminates every corner of our hidden hearts. Elder Maxwell said this,
“Personal sacrifice never was placing an animal on the alter. Instead it is a willingness to place the animal in us upon the alter”
I liked that cause when I look around the world and see the mess around us, I feel a little like it's too messy and too bad, so when I pray I for our country and for the world, I feel like all I can say is "I'm sorry things have gotten so bad!!" I feel like I hardly know what I can even to do to help stop these problems... But I've been reading the old Testament, and have decided that things were pretty bad and messy back then too, but God was patient then and worked with them, and he's patient and long suffering with us, he seems to do pretty good at working with what he has. He's seen the worst. Not just during the history of this world, but during Christ's suffering in the Garden, he's seen it, he's felt it, and he overcame it. He conquered it, he's won. He beat it and isn't afraid of it, of us, of me and you and our problems. So yeah, I really liked that part of her story. It also reminded me of the quote by Elder Holland that I love from his talk "Laborers in the Vineyard" -

...however late you think you are, however many chances you think you have missed, however many mistakes you feel you have made or talents you think you don’t have, or however far from home and family and God you feel you have traveled, I testify that you have not traveled beyond the reach of divine love. It is not possible for you to sink lower than the infinite light of Christ’s Atonement shines.
His hands are stretched out still...
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