There are days when I wake up feeling overwhelmed with the challenges that will be required of me that day. I start in a frenzied pace, running to and fro trying to get ahead of the ever mounting list. Today was one of those days.
Today I wondered how I would get it all done; how would I survive?
Then I remember or rather the Spirit whispered, reminding me that I had missed some very important things the last few days. How did I let that happen? How do I forget to turn to the Lord? How is my life so busy that I don't make the time to stop and listen?
"President John Taylor wrote: 'Joseph Smith, upwards of forty years ago, said to me: "Brother Taylor, you have received the Holy Ghost. Now follow the influence of that Spirit, and it will lead you into all truth, until by and by, it will become in you a principle of revelation." Then he told me never to arise in the morning without bowing before the Lord, and dedicating myself to him during that day' (The Gospel Kingdom, ed. G. Homer Durham , 43–44).
"Father in Heaven knew that you would face challenges and be required to make some decisions that would be beyond your own ability to decide correctly. In His plan of happiness, He included a provision for you to receive help with such challenges and decisions during your mortal life. That assistance will come to you through the Holy Ghost as spiritual guidance. It is a power, beyond your own capability, that a loving Heavenly Father wants you to use consistently for your peace and happiness." (Richard G. Scott, "To Acquire Spiritual Guidance," Ensign, Nov. 2009, 6)
So today I stop amidst all the hustle and bustle, in the middle of the chaos and turn to the Lord. Today on bended knee I ask that our merciful Father in Heaven will help me be more capable than I am. That He will enlighten my mind to decisions that need to be made and help me know the answers I am seeking. I plead with Him that I might lead and teach my little people through love and service.
Today I feel the loads lightening, not because the amount changed, but rather new strength is buoying me up. All things are possible through Him.
So as the days, months, and years move forward at ever increasing speed and I hope and pray that each time I forget (because I will forget again and again) I will be able to hear the promptings of that still small voice reminding me, encouraging me, and bringing me back to the one who is the Savior to us all: Jesus Christ.
His grace, His mercy, His love.