Just like the Brother of Jared we all have places that we go and things that we have been asked to do that might seem like a trial of our faith.Their travel over the ocean was indeed no picnic! There were times when the barge would be completely submerged in water. Talk about a frightening experience! What would you have done in this situation? Well in the Book of Ether, the Brother of Jared and his family continued to praise God.
It says in Ether Chapter 6:
vs. 5 And it came to pass that the Lord God caused that there should be a furious wind blown upon the face of the waters, towards the promised land; and thus they were tossed upon the waves of the sea before the wind.
vs. 6 And it came to pass that they were many times buried in the depths of the sea, because of the mountain waves which broke upon them, and also the great and terrible tempests which were caused by the fierceness of the wind.
vs. 7 And it came to pass that when they were buried in the deep there was no water that could hurt them, their vessels being tight like unto a dish, and also they were tight like unto the ark of Noah; therefore when they were encompassed about by many waters they did cry unto the Lord, and he did bring them forth again upon the top of the waters.
We too can continue to praise God through our trials and receive our own "promise land." When we continue on in Faith, we can reach the goal that our Father in Heaven has in mind for us!Those trials truly shape us into who we need to be, and build our own personal testimony that we truly are children of our very loving Father in Heaven.
Continue on in Praising!
When the barge in slowly slipping
and sinking in the deep,
Continue on in praising
Our God-Our vigil keep!
When your pack is heavy
and the path is kind of steep,
Remember to continue singing
the song that gathers His sheep.
When the road seems foggy
and you can no longer see the way,
Kneel down and thank the Father
that you've gotten this far today.
Remember when you travel on
past a caravan or two,
To stop and share the message
that God has shared with you.
~ Janel A. Lewis