Life is full of disappointments. There's not much we can do to change that. But there is something that can help us say, "Heavenly Father, I would really like this to happen, but if not...then I will have FAITH in Thy plan for me.
THE FIERY FURNACE OF FAITH
"[Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego] knew that they could trust God--even if things didn't turn out the way they hoped. They knew that faith is more than mental assent, more than an acknowledgment that God lives. Faith is total trust in Him.
We will all be faced with fiery furnaces of faith in our lives--times in which we will have to reach deep down in our hearts and find the courage to say, "I was expecting things to happen this way or that way, but if not I will accept whatever Thy will is for me."
EASIER SAID THAN DONE
Even though we have plenty examples in the scriptures of men and women who exhibit the faith that it takes to be able to say, "but it not", it still doesn't make it easy to do when those moments arise in our lives.
"Our God will deliver us from ridicule and persecution, but if not. ...Our Go will deliver us from sickness and disease, but if not....He will deliver us from loneliness, depression, or fear, but if not. ...Our God will deliver us from threats, accusations, and insecurity, but if not. ...He will deliver us from death or impairment of loved ones, but if not, ...we will trust in the Lord. ...We will have faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, knowing that if we do all we can do, we will in His time and in His way, be delivered and receive all that He has" (Simmons).
Saying "but if not" is hard when I can't fully see the beautiful plan that God has in store for me. For someone who is a control freak/planner like myself, exercising faith in that plan is extremely difficult. But I have done it and will continue to do it because I know that God's plan is the better plan, hands down.
Simmons, Dennis E., "But If Not...", Ensign, May 2004.
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