Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Whatever is, is right

This theme has been playing out in my life a lot lately. I read this quote in a book a few months ago and it really has stuck with me. Whatever is, is right. What does that mean exactly? Well to me it means whatever has happened good, bad, ugly, was meant to happen, and all things happen for a reason and therefore are the right things for us. If there are things in your life you don't like and can't change accept them as the challenge they are and know they are for your benefit. But if there are things you can change, change them. We have control of who we are, what our future will be.

There have been so many things in my life when I look back over the years that I regret, because I wasn't perfect. But the things I learned from those experiences I could never regret. They were right, for me. They have shaped and molded me into the person I am today. I learned some things the hard way and while I don't like what I did, I can't help but be grateful for the good that came. It reminds me of the serenity prayer:

God grant me the serenity 
to accept the things I cannot change; 
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.

Life is beautiful, hard and messy. Things happen that we wonder about. A friend recently injured his leg terribly at youth conference, he was on the verge of amputation. Here he was helping and this terrible thing happened. But the blessings and the miracles I have witnessed since the accident are amazing. And his attitude is just another testament to me of his goodness and the goodness of God. It has been a beautiful thing to behold. If that hadn't happened I don't think it could have changed the lives of so many people. God is working a miracle through this tragedy.

I think of sweet Lucy. I have never questioned God about why, I have always believed in my heart it was right. Is it easy? Definitely not. But the miracles God is able to bring forth have been such a blessing.

I was listening to a song yesterday and the second verse really stood out to me:

Why should we mourn or think our lot is hard?
'Tis not so; all is right.
Why should we think to earn a great reward
If we now shun the fight?
Gird up your loins; fresh courage take.
Our God will never us forsake;
And soon we'll have this tale to tell--
All is well! All is well!

There it is again in the second line...all is right. If we keep an eternal perspective we can see that all is right, all is as it should be.

I love my Heavenly Father. I love my Savior, Jesus Christ. I know that all things will be for our good and our experience. And if we have patience and wait on the Lord, He will reveal the true lessons we are to learn from our experiences. All is well! All is well!