“Trusting in God is also trusting in His timing.” I know you have all heard that before, but there are so many things that we feel the need to control in our lives. We want to feel pretty, wanted, successful. I want all these things just as bad as the next girl, and sometimes we don’t know it, but we aren’t trusting in God when we are controlling these things. Trusting in God is easy. We love Him, we know that He sent his only son to die for our sins and our sorrows, so naturally, we trust Him. We trust him because before this life He told us that He would provide a Savior for us, and He followed through. Even though we don’t remember that, I feel that our spirits remember that, and we subconsciously trust and love God for what He has provided in our lives. But trusting his timing is a whole different ballpark. I caught myself thinking a lot when I got home from my mission. “I’m doing everything I’m supposed to. Sure, I’m not perfect; I know that. But I’m doing everything I’m supposed to, and trying to improve my weaknesses. Why am I sad? Why am I not married? What’s wrong with me?” I am going to tell you right now, those are THE WRONG THOUGHTS TO HAVE. You do not follow the Lord just to be rewarded with things that you want. You follow the Lord because you love Him and in the end, following Him will bring the most happiness, even when you can’t see that happiness.
There was a time on my mission when there were no progressing investigators. I was sad. My companion was a little difficult, and I felt exhausted. I could not see light at the end of the tunnel. But sometimes I think the Lord gives us trials so we have NO OTHER OPTION than to lean on him for strength. I felt like I had already been giving the Lord my all, like I was trying everything to lean on him. I used to think, “The Lord will not give me anything I can’t handle.” But, boy was I wrong. The Lord does the opposite. We can’t grow or progress if the situation makes it easy for us to handle everything on our own. Heavenly Father gives us things that will break us and tear us down IF we are not relying on him. That’s all we are to learn in this life, to lean on Him and trust Him.
Ladies, I’m not trying to give you a church talk here. But I feel every single girl I know struggles with feelings of self-doubt in one way or another. We all feel like we are doing our best and subconsciously we want to be rewarded for it. People like to be validated and feel success from what they are doing. A huge part of feeling that what we are doing is right is by receiving blessings from God. We need to realize that He will give us all the blessings we deserve at some point in our lives. They will either be on this side of the veil or the other. It’s all in His timing. Trusting in God’s timing is one of the hardest things in the world to do, but it is the most important thing that we learn while we are here on this earth. Trusting in God’s timing means that you will give your all, that you won’t give up, and that you will obey Him. It means being patient. It’s important to remember that we will all struggle with this, at least a little, for the rest of our lives because we are human. So don’t get frustrated!
One of the best things about our Heavenly Father is that He knows us all perfectly. He knows what we struggle with. He knows some days we can give more than we did the day before. Sometimes we might feel that we are failures, but in God’s eyes we gave it our all that day. Every week when we partake of the Sacrament we are promising God to give it our all that week. Not to be perfect. We are telling him, “Hey, I messed up this week, but I’m going to try my hardest this next week to be better.” And that’s all he wants from us.
I need you all to know and realize, GOD IS GOOD. He doesn’t want us to be unhappy or unsuccessful. He wants our happiness just as bad as we want it for ourselves. But the difference is, HE knows how you will receive the purest joy through progression and growth. We get through hard times by pushing through it and learning to trust His timing. God is on your side. He and his son, Jesus Christ, are rooting for you. They also send unseen help from the other side to encourage you, guide you, and give you everything you need to not give up! So don’t give up! Remember him. Always remember all your blessings.
Right before I went home from my mission, an elder said, “Experiences are worth nothing if we do not remember them.” You have to remember the blessings you’ve received and the happiness you feel from trusting in God’s timing. Remember the love that you’ve felt on bad days. Remember the Spirit when you first felt it testify of the truthfulness of this glorious gospel. And most importantly remember the Savior and his sacrifice. If you remember the Atonement, you will trust in the Lord’s timing. You will know everything happens for a reason. That reason is the love that your Father in Heaven has for you.
Hi I’m Brooke Hatfield from Mesa, AZ. I served a mission for the LDS church in Kennewick Washington, Spanish speaking! I currently live in Provo and am studying behavioral science. I work at limericki swimwear (super cute modest swimsuits) and at Sundance ski resort! I’m so grateful for my jobs!! Instagram: @brookelyla