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December 16, 2020 - Much needed air

When you reach up for the Lord’s power in your life with the same intensity that a drowning person has when grasping and gasping for air, power from Jesus Christ will be yours. When the Savior knows you truly want to reach up to Him—when He can feel that the greatest desire of your heart is to draw His power into your life—you will be led by the Holy Ghost to know exactly what you should do.

President Russell M. Nelson, "Drawing the Power of Jesus Christ into Our Lives", General Conference, April 2017

I often wonder and ponder - how can I have sufficient faith as the woman in the bible that knew that if she only touched, merely touched, the Savior's clothes, she would be healed from the blood disease that plagued her? I, too, can have that faith. Nothing is stopping me. Except, of course, for myself.

But, then President Nelson gives the key to having that kind of faith.

Do I exercise my faith in Jesus Christ with the same intensity as a drowning person gasps for air? Do I turn towards, rely on, follow, and love Jesus Christ as if my life depended on it?

But I think that's my problem as to why I'm not faithful enough to move mountains. My life is not in imminent danger. I think I have more time than I really do. At least, I hope I have more time. 😬 So, I relax in my intensity, in my fighting for my spiritual life. I let temptation and other influences sway me. For reasons of pride and selfishness I don't have that intensity.

The thing is, though, my life is ABSOLUTELY in imminent danger. Maybe not physically or temporally, but, my eternal life is. I should be gasping for the much needed air of the gospel. Why don't I? Why don't I reach out and try to merely touch the Savior's clothes? Does society and what I know of science tell me that's just silly? Do I think that physics won't allow that? My finite brain can't even imagine the possibility. That's where faith comes in. It goes beyond the known. Beyond science and physics. Anything, absolutely anything, is possible if I don't put limits on myself, or let others put limits on me. I just need to reach out for the Savior. He'll provide those possibilities.

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