August 21, 2020 - Potato or Egg?

We may not know when or how the Lord’s answers will be given, but in His time and His way, I testify, His answers will come. For some answers we may have to wait until the hereafter. This may be true for some promises in our patriarchal blessings and for some blessings for family members. Let us not give up on the Lord. His blessings are eternal, not temporary.

Elder Robert D. Hales, "Waiting upon the Lord: Thy Will Be Done", General Conference, October 2011

It is definitely discouraging when what we need, what we want, what we expect, does not happen. We ask diligently, but still nothing. When my prayers don't seem to be answered, I think if there was something further I should have done. Sometimes, I even feel self pity thinking I must not be good or worthy enough.

Well, we know where those feelings come from. Certainly not Christ.

There are two directions I and we could go when answers don't seem to come: we can give in to self pity and discouragement, and choose to give up altogether. Or, we can work on bettering ourselves and continue to endure and build our faith.

The former leads to a hardened heart eventually, while the latter leads to overwhelming joy and happiness despite the challenges we pass through.

This reminds me of a podcast that I listened to from the church, that talked about how we can either be a potato or an egg when dropped into boiling water.

A potato softens when it is boiled in hot water, whereas an egg becomes hardened.

So, i can either soften my heart and trust in the Lord and His timing when difficulty hits me, or I can become hardened and eventually past feeling.

Am I a potato or an egg? Which are you?

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