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And they have defeated him by the blood of the Lamb and by their testimony. And they did not love their lives so much that they were afraid to die.
Revelation 12:11 NLT
I don’t remember a time when I didn’t believe in Christ or have faith in His grace and atoning sacrifice. He is my exemplar, my joy, and my Savior. I love Him with all my heart. My only goal in life is to be a better disciple of Him who gave everything that we all might live. I want to share two examples of times in my life where I felt Jesus especially close.
Thirty-three years ago I gave birth to my first child, a girl who has given me so much joy in my life. The six times I have carried babies and given birth are the most profoundly spiritual experiences of my life. I feel the Lord and his angels so close when a new baby comes into the world. When my first daughter was born, the feeling of love for her was almost overwhelming, and I had a taste of the love that our Savior feels for all of us. That love is powerful and real and life-changing. I was filled with gratitude, not only for what Jesus did for me but for what He did for this child I love so much. The experience of having a baby helped me understand how God could give His only begotten Son. He did it because we are all His children, and His love is infinite and eternal. I have had the same experience with each child—feeling so much love and being so grateful to my Savior for His sacrifice.
Paul the Apostle wrote: Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God (Hebrews 12:2).
Jesus endured the humiliation of the crowds, the suffering of Gethsemane, and the agony of the cross by focusing on joy. What was the joy that was set before Him? I believe that in part it was the joy of cleansing and healing us and the joy of paying for the sins of the world. I believe it was the joy of opening the door to everlasting life for God’s beloved children, making it possible for all of us to be in Heaven with Him. I stand all amazed!
Several years ago, I began experiencing paralyzing anxiety. There were many prayers offered in my behalf, and I personally prayed fervently that the anxiety would be taken from my life. As weeks turned into months, I wondered if God cared about me or if He was even listening. At that time, I was asked to sing a solo with a women’s group at a church service. One of the songs the choir rehearsed was “How Firm a Foundation.” I had been familiar with this song, but for some reason, the words took on new meaning as I struggled to hear God’s voice and feel His love through my anxiety. Two verses particularly spoke to me.
When through the deep waters I call thee to go,
The rivers of sorrow shall not thee o’erflow,
For I will be with thee, thy troubles to bless,
And sanctify to thee, and sanctify to thee,
And sanctify to thee thy deepest distress.
God would not let sorrow overcome me. He had a plan for me, and He would sanctify my deepest distress for my good. This is absolutely true. That experience of anxiety has become sacred to me as I learned to trust God even when I couldn’t feel Him and to believe in His promises even when they weren’t immediately fulfilled.
The soul that on Jesus hath leaned for repose
I will not, I cannot, desert to his foes;
That soul, though all hell should endeavor to shake,
I’ll never, no never, I’ll never, no never,
I’ll never, no never, no never forsake!
I remember sitting in rehearsal, unable to sing because I was weeping at the message delivered to me through this song. On the day we were to perform, I got sick and was unable to attend. I didn’t need to actually perform. God wanted me to learn something just by rehearsing the song.
Jesus died for us. He will not forsake us! “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 His character [to do so]. … He will [always] stand by us.” George Q. Cannon
I cannot express a fraction of the gratitude and love I feel for my Savior. I know Jesus died for me and you and all of us. And I know He lives again, standing ready to help and succor us if we will only open the door to His love, His healing, and His grace.