Friday, September 30, 2011

Thankful Thursdays {God Knows Me}

I am thankful that I have a Father in Heaven that knows me.
He knows my needs and wants and my desires.
He knows what I need even before I know.

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This past Sunday I got a phone call right after church from
a man in my church wanting to know if a high priest could come visit our family.
They are going to be visiting several families in the upcoming months and they chose ours to be one of the
first. Sure I said. That would be fine.
In our church, this member of the high priest group is a member of what we call the Stake Presidency.
He is a very kind and noble man.
Monday came and went and it was not good.
I found myself feeling quite anxious and frazzled and overwhelmed with the demands of my job and life in general.
I was so exhausted that night that I just got home, hugged my children and husband and wept.
Tuesday I stayed home and rested.
I figured my brain is still trying to get acclimated to the stresses of the world and life in general.
Since my stroke, I find it difficult to multi-task.
I find it difficult some days to just make it through.
Wednesday I went back to work and finally Thursday rolled around. I had forgotten about the visit and when I got home I found the house clean and dinner warming in the crock pot.
My husband had prepared barbecued brisket the night before and he had cleaned the house :)
Thunderstorms rolled in and we could hear the rain pounding on the windows.
Then the doorbell rang.
As I answered it I felt a peace envelop me.
There on my front porch stood the high priest and his companion.
They offered warm smiles and I offered a dry place for them to rest.
They had been visiting several families already in our congregation. We visited for a little bit and it was a lively conversation.
I instantly felt edified as President Rogers mentioned how the Lord knows each and every one of us.
We talked a bit about my situation and how it all happened. Then before they left
he recited a scripture from memory that burnt into the depth of my soul:
"And now, my sons, remember, remember that it is upon the rock of our Redeemer, who is Christ, the Son of God, that ye must build your foundation; that when the devil shall send forth his mighty winds, yea, his shafts in the whirlwind, yea, when all his hail and his mighty storm shall beat upon you, it shall have no power over you to drag you down to the gulf of misery and endless wo, because of the rock upon which ye are built, which is a sure foundation, a foundation whereon if men build they cannot fall."
                             -Helaman 5:12  (bold emphasis mine)
And then I knew.
I knew that God had known that my strength was waning.
That my health was not only weakening but that my spiritual strength was also beginning to falter.
And so he sent me a reminder.
I wept when they left.
I wept in the shower.
I wept on my way to work today.
God knows us.
He knows us so well, that he sends us "angels" to protect us in times of need.
Whether YOU are someone's "angel" or "messenger" sent to deliver a message of hope and love or you are the one NEEDING
this message of hope and love, don't forget that you are loved and
you are KNOWN to God.
He knows YOU.
And you are important to HIM.

Enjoy your weekend :)

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