Even in turbulent times, faith in the Lord Jesus Christ is gritty and resilient. It helps us sift through unimportant distractions. It encourages us to keep moving along the covenant path. Faith pushes through discouragement and allows us to face the future with resolve and squared shoulders. It prompts us to ask for rescue and relief as we pray to the Father in the name of His Son. And when prayerful pleas seem to go unanswered, our persistent faith in Jesus Christ produces patience, humility, and the ability to reverently utter the words “Thy will be done".
Sister Lisa L. Harkness, "Peace, Be Still", General Conference, October 2020
One of my favorite things to do on Saturday mornings is to watch college football. It means fall is here, for one. Two, it's not money centered or political like the NFL. For the most part, it's just about the game.
As I was watching this morning, I had an impression as I was watching a running back break tackles and move forward to gain more yards. For those that don't know, a running back is the one who gets the ball and "runs" through the other team, trying to reach a first down or touchdown, all while the opposing team is all trying to stop him from getting anywhere.
The reason running backs are successful in moving forward is because they keep their legs moving as the opposition grabs at them and holds them. In other words, they move further forward by continuing to keep their legs high stepping as if climbing imaginary stairs. Their legs never relax or quit moving up and down. This makes it difficult for the opposition to grab hold and bring the runner down.
How can we apply that to us?
Each of us is running through an immense crowd of opposition trying to bring us down, trying to tackle us. They grab our legs, they try to trip us, they jump on our backs, they come at us from all sides, and, unlike the organized game of football, they do not follow any rules of engagement. They cheat. They play dirty. They do whatever it takes to stop us.
And, sometimes, they are successful in bringing us down. But, luckily, we get the ball again to try to push it forward.
The only way to keep moving forward and avoid the opposition from grabbing hold, is to keep high stepping, keep moving our legs. In other spiritual words, keep studying scriptures, keep praying, keep paying tithing, keep fasting, keep the sabbath, keep meeting together with others trying to move forward too, and etc. That is how we get the support of the greatest Blocker clearing a path in front of us. And when we get swarmed, He gets the opposition off our backs and away from our legs. He runs ahead of us every step of the way, going before us to clear the path.
He it is that doth go before thee; he will be with thee, he will not fail thee, neither forsake thee: fear not, neither be dismayed. - Deuteronomy 31:8