Master, the Tempest is Raging

I’ve recently begun volunteering at my Stake’s Addiction Recovery Program. It’s very similar to Alcoholics Anonymous, however people struggling with a wider variety of addictions come. Any substance abuse, eating disorders, whatever, they are all welcome. I’m now a facilitator at meetings on Tuesday nights and Sunday afternoons. Facilitators are people who have had their own problems, but have now moved past them, most having gone through this program, although I have not. As I mentioned a few post’s ago, I struggled with an eating disorder for a long time, and some other things I’m not quite ready to be as candid about on the internet. A few months ago I went to my Stake Relief Society President and told her how I wanted to help people who are where I was, get to where I am. She very quickly told me that if I wanted to help, this is where I could do it.

When I had my first meeting with her about the ins and outs of the program, she told me about how this would be one of the most rewarding things I would ever do. I smiled, very excited about the prospect of putting to good use my weaknesses, and in fact making them strengths (Ether 12:27). She also issued me a warning, that I should be prepared for the Adversary to work harder in my life as I was attempting to do to do the work of the Lord by serving His children. I nodded. In my life I have become well aquatinted with the fact that the laws of physics apply to all things. Newton’s Third law states that there is always an equal and opposite reaction, and that is certainly as true in the spiritual realm as the physical. The more we try to do good the more we find there is opposition from Satan.

In my Russian Culture class we always begin with a hymn in Russian, or for the few of us who don’t speak Russian, english. Friday they chose “Master, the Tempest is Raging,” a hymn about the story of Jesus calming the storm. Part of the chorus stuck out to me.

Whether the wrath of the storm-tossed sea,

Or demons or men, or whatever it be,

No waters can swallow the ship where lies

The Master of ocean, and earth, and skies;  

As I sung those words, I began to wonder about them in a more metaphorical sense. While this was talking about a literal ship, it occurred to me that anything that Christ was a part of could not be destroyed. Therefore, if Christ is a part of us, we need not fear anything. We are not promised that that the storm will stop raging, but we are assured that we will be able to weather it. This was a comfort to me as I knew I would be able to make it through the opposition in my own life.

If you are struggling with dealing with the principal of equal and opposite reactions in your own life, may I recommend you go read “Cast Not Away Therefor Thy Confidence” by Jeffery R. Holland. It’s one of my top three talks from him, if not my favorite. It’s a good reminder to not draw back from the good just because evil confronts us on journey.

May we all allow Christ to become a part of us that we may survive the hardships of this life.

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