Saturday, April 17, 2010

Lessons of Life

As I think about my life and what I've learned and the commitments I want to continue to make, I realize that during my high school years I had some significant life lessons that have put me on a path that have made my life a lot easier. It came to me that some of my great early epiphanies occurred right after my Dad died from cancer two days after my 16th birthday. And it just barely occurred to me that my Dad must have been guiding me from the other side because some of those life lessons aren't always available at such a young age.

A couple of days ago I had the opportunity to attend the funeral of someone who's sons were painfully mourning her death. A few of us were able to spontaneously share our thoughts during the service. I felt prompted to tell them that their mother would be with them and guide them from the other side. I just realized I was sharing what has been my experience.

I have come to know that with every painful experience in our lives, Heavenly Father makes up for it in other ways. I learned at a young age that my earthly father was on the other side cheering for me and it helped me understand more fully how my Heavenly Father was also there to help me. I was a pretty frivolous girl and I don't think I would have come to have that perspective if not for the trial of losing a father as a teenager. What at first seemed like a curse, Heavenly Father turned into a blessing. I am committed to looking at every trial in my life and faithfully looking for and appreciating the blessing that will come.


{amy k.} said...

I agree- sometimes we don't understand and we can't see what the results will be. We just have to have faith in our Heavenly Father's plan and know that he will return every sorrow with twice as much happiness!

Lanae said...

I understand what you are saying. None of us are perfect! We all have our problems to deal with and things we have to work out. I'm so glad that we have each other's strength to help get through those rocky times. Thanks for sharing! I send my love and prayers.