Wednesday, August 14, 2013

He Knows Your Name, and He'll Carry You

Everyone has hard days.  Everyone struggles.  Everyone has days when they just can't face the world, and get out of their beds. Everyone knows these pains, heartaches, and sorrows, but only one person knows your name, and will carry you.

Our Savior knows us so intimately because he shed blood specifically for you.  There was a moment when he was on his knees, praying to God to take the bitter cup; and there was a moment where he saw your face and knew your name, and in that moment he shed blood especially for you.  What does that mean??  That means that above everyone else, your Savior knows you.  He has felt exactly what you are feeling.  He knows the pains both physical and mental, that trouble your heart, and he can carry you through them.

Because of the beautiful and sacred atonement, we have someone on our side at all times.  We have someone who understands every bit of our life in explicit detail, and all he wants is for us to ask him to take out hands.  He stands at the door and knocks, and all we have to do is let him in.  All we have to do is cry out in our darkest hours for him to come to us, and he will.  He will NOT leave you comfortless.  He will ALWAYS come to you.

I have gone through some hard things in this 29 years of life.  Some have been things that I didn't believe I would make it through.  There have been times when I thought my life would be taken from me.  There have been times when I have been so alone, and in such a dark place that I never thought I would get out of, and in those moments, those moments of dark deep depression and fear, I have asked for my Savior's loving hand to come and guide me out, and instantly he comes.  INSTANTLY.  He doesn't wait to see if we really can't do it alone, he will come to us instantly, grab our hands and pull us from the dark.  If you will ask he will make a way for you to overcome, and come out on top.  That is what the atonement is all about.

God didn't send us here to fail.  God didn't send us here to do it alone.  He sent us here to gain a body, have experiences, go through trials, and learn that without him we are nothing.  Without him nothing is possible, but with him we can do ANYTHING.  God sent us here to have us realize what we are.  We are humans without guidance, and it is up to us to ask for help.  If we will simply humble ourselves, thank our Lord for all he has done for us, and then ask him to guide us, we will once again return to the good graces of our Father in Heaven to live with him for eternity.  All we have to do is ask.

The atonement is a beautiful thing, and it is meant to be a beautiful part of our life.  No matter how big or small your trial is, the atonement was designed specifically for you.  The atonement of Christ was handpicked, tweaked, and adjusted, for your individual needs.  Each one of us is different, but there is only one Jesus Christ, and he is designed for each one of us.  He knows our name.  He knows our heart.  He loves us, and he wants you to take his hand and return with him.  

You don't have to endure this life alone.  That wasn't the plan.  The plan was to take his hand and have him guide us home.  Don't make life harder than it needs to be.  This life was meant to be beautiful and with the atonement of Christ it will be.  He loves you.  He knows you. And he'll carry you home.

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