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                      The Leap of Faith...

There is an experience Iíve had twice. They were lessons Iíll never forget.
       Theyíve taught me the most about trusting the Lord than any lesson yet.
Ever want something so bad, that you could think of few other things?
       Where you were living each day for the hope the next new day brings?
Then, ever get to that point where you just couldnít handle it anymore?
       And your hope is totally shattered. Your heart is beaten and sore?

Well, it is good to hang on until finally your dreams come true.
       For hope, hard work and persistence, can make a hero of you.
But in some things, there comes a time when in your heart you know
       that you canít do anything more and you just have to let go.
Iíve been there twice in my life and learned this most valuable lesson
       to let go and to have faith in the Lord and leave it to His discretion.

Itís a frightening thought at first. To finally say, "I give in."
       To trust in Him and that Still Small Voice you feel down within.
Itís kinda like standing on a canyon ledge and holding onto a rope.
       Then reaching out to a helping hand with all your effort and hope.
Yet, not being able to reach that hand that offers you hope anew
       and your only chance to reach it, is to release the rope that holds you.

Then, that critical time comes when you simply can hold on no more,
       and you either have to catch that hand or fall to the canyon floor.
So with your remaining strength, you let go, lunging with all your might.
       You reach for that out-stretched hand and are caught and then held tight.
The Rescuer pulls you closer and closer, your dilemma becoming diminished.
       Because of Him, the matter is over, and you can finally say, "Itís finished."

From the experiences that followed those unpleasant struggles of mine,
       came a most priceless understanding; so wonderful yet so sublime.
I learned that when I trusted in Him and let go and put my life in His hand
       not only did He solve my dilemma, He did it much better than I planned.
And though we try to be our own sculptors, molding ourselves our own way,
       when we let Him be our Sculptor ...we become more than just potterís clay.

   "For the natural man is an enemy to God, and has been from the fall of Adam,
   and will be, forever and ever, unless he yields to the enticings of the Holy Spirit
   ...willing to submit to all things which the Lord seeth fit to inflict upon him,
   even as a child doth submit to his father." Mosiah 3:19

       Officer Samuel Jeppsen #3751 (Ret) R# 140, August 2003b   www.LDSCOPS.com

 


 

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