Monday, December 14, 2015

Day 23: Hazardous Road Conditions

40 Days of Transformation and a Change of Heart
Day 23: Hazardous Road Conditions

I'm writing this while traveling home along I-15 from St. George in adverse conditions.  (Don't worry I'm not driving) I understand I'm headed into a doozie of a snow storm!
It's got me thinking about how the road we travel on in life sometimes can become hazardous and we are forced to move forward in stormy conditions. And sometimes it's not of our choice or making. Some conditions can be "white knuckle gripping" and all you can do is keep a safe pace and eyes on the road and pray like crazy! But what about the times when the lines in the road can't be seen, the windshield wipers can't beat it back fast enough, and you feel like you're spinning out of control? 

In yoga we teach about being grounded, having balance, staying focused and staying with the flow of breath, all great mental, emotional and physical abilities to have in the stormy road conditions of life. 

Faith in the Storm

37 And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full.

38 And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that we perish?

39 And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.

40 And he said unto them, Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith?

41 And they feared exceedingly, and said one to another, What manner of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?

Mark 4:37-41

No matter how serious the trial, how deep the distress, how great the affliction, God will never desert us. He never has, and He never will. He cannot do it. It is not in His character. He is an unchangeable being; the same yesterday, the same today, and He will be the same through out the eternities. We have found that God. We have made Him our friend,by obeying His gospel; and He will stand by us. We may pass through the fiery furnace: we may pass through deep waters; but we shall not be consumed nor overwhelmed. We shall emerge from all these trials and difficulties the better and purer for them, if we only trust in our God, and keep His commandments.     -Joseph Smith

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