It's funny how different scriptures stand out to you at different times.
Tonight I particularly appreciated verses 2 through 12 of Ether 6.
I think it's interesting and worth noting that the Jaredites put their faith in the Lord to carry them to a new land. The Lord "caused that there should be a furious wind blow upon the face of the waters, towards the promised land."
But just because they were moving forward, because the Lord was pushing them forward, doesn't mean it was easy. "They were many times buried in the depths of the sea," but "when they were buried in the deep there was no water that could hurt them." And the Lord "did bring them forth again upon the top of the waters." And "the wind did never cease to blow towards the promised land while they were upon the waters." They stayed faithful and praised the Lord and arrived to the promised land after almost a year on the sea. And when they arrived "they shed tears of joy before the Lord, because of the multitude of his tender mercies over them."
I've gone through a lot of crap in my young life. Every time, I have wound up thanking the Lord for helping me through and for giving me better than what I thought I wanted.
The Lord is pushing me with a furious wind to the place that I need to be in. But that doesn't make the journey easy. I feel like I'm getting thrashed around by the sea as the Jaredites were.
I need to have their kind of faith and praise him in this really difficult process. I'm finding it very hard to trust in His will and endure this pain. But I will try to trust as they did. And I, too, will thank the Lord for His tender mercies to me, even if I can't see them right now.