Book of Mormon: Day 12: The Tender Mercies of the Lord

It’s Friday. The end of a long week. I’m not going to pretend my life is perfect — I’m exhausted and kind of just want to go sleep and not do anything for the rest of the weekend. My brain is like mush and I feel about ready to give up.

BUT what a blessing it is that when I am feeling like this — when it is hard to endure, yet deep down am still trying to do what is right — the Lord steps in and lets me know that I am not alone. That He loves me. That He is aware of my situation. That He will deliver me and see me through my challenges, and that I will be even stronger because of them.

For me today it was as I was walking out of BYU’s Wilkinson Center, a place I have been many, many times, and saw something I had never noticed before (excuse the not-so professional photo):

light-of-the-world

I was feeling a bit gloomy. But when I saw this, I’m sure my head must have jerked as my eyes widened to about twice their size — because it was the very thing I needed. It was God’s message to me that He is aware of me and that He will be my light if I just simply follow Him and His Son, Jesus Christ, my Savior.

The best part about this is that these tender mercies don’t just come once every now and then, but rather they are frequent if we place the Lord at the center of our lives. If we are striving to do His will and to live His gospel with all our heart, then the Lord will be there to deliver us in our hard times — with things as simple as words on a wall.

Because He loves you. Because He has chosen you. Because He wants you to endure to the end and make it back home to Him.

Behold, I, Nephi, will show unto you that the tender mercies of the Lord are over all those whom he hath chosen, because of their faith, to make them mighty even unto the power of deliverance. -1 Nephi 1:20

How blessed are we?

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I recently returned from serving a mission in Hawaii and am now at BYU studying Technology and Engineering Education with an emphasis in multimedia. I enjoy coloring and Japanese cabbage pancake-making and if you need me you’ll find me staring up at the stars, clouds, or trees, sometimes all at once.

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