Thursday, July 11, 2013

Lessons Learned in a Kroger Bathroom

The other day I was eavesdropping on a conversation outside my surprisingly clean Kroger bathroom stall. What sounded like two little girls came squealing in, one giggling, the other apparently upset.

"Faith! Why did you leave me?!"
"You left me faith, where did you go?"
"Why did you leave me?"
"Why did you leave me?"
I wish ya'll could hear it in the sweetest Southern accent, Faith was at least 4 syllables!

This little girl was obviously distraught. I politely exited my stall and walked to the sink to wash my hands when I noticed it was a little boy and an older girl, by a couple years. The boy was not happy about being left unattended in the women's bathroom, he went silent when he saw me.

His words touched my heart though and for some reason I became really overwhelmed with the idea of sharing my thoughts on faith.

When I heard him crying out, I couldn't help but think
AMEN to that
Faith why did you leave me?!

In a talk given in October 2012, President Eyring spoke specifically about the loss of faith during intense moments of pain in our lives. It seems when we are in the most pain, when we should turn to the Lord for help, we actually feel more alone and forgotten. We feel He has turned His back on us.

"Abraham’s heart seems to have been right long before Sarah conceived Isaac and before they received their promised land. Heaven had other purposes to fulfill first. Those purposes included not only building Abraham and Sarah’s faith but also teaching them eternal truths that they shared with others on their long, circuitous route to the land prepared for them. The Lord’s delays often seem long; some last a lifetime. But they are always calculated to bless. They need never be times of loneliness or sorrow or impatience."

He suggests that when we find ourselves feeling cut off from the Lord to put our energy into serving others.

He said,
"As we do what He would have us do for His Father’s children, the Lord considers it kindness to Him, and we will feel closer to Him as we feel His love and His approval."

I just want to leave y'all with a hug and a quote.
Knowing time heals our hearts,
blessings do come,
keep persevering,
keep trying,
always do better the next day.


Boswell0617 said...

Great reminder. I needed to hear this today, so thank you. Keep up the good work.

Jill said...

I love Kroger! Best. Store. Ever.
I love that talk by Pres. Eyring. But you already knew that.
I love your thoughts on faith. Thanks for sharing them.
I love you Whit, and I am so happy your heart is healing. Blessings will come.

I'm here whenever you need me!

Giggles said...

I love that quote from President Eyring. It's so reassuring.

Madtatter80 said...

What a great little experience and who da think at Kroger!