My brother shared this picture with me the other day and it has stuck with me and really made me think. Lately I have had the chance to quietly ponder in the early mornings and I was thinking about this picture and life.
Where can we find peace and strength and happiness? The only place we can truly be happy is when our lives are centered in the gospel of Jesus Christ. As the mists arise and the world grows darker, we will stand tall and strong, filled with the light of the Lord. You notice that the temple isn't kept from that heavy mist, it has to stand tall and bright within it; so likewise should our lives be. Our Father in Heaven cannot shield us from the world and we are not to build a bubble around ourselves and pretend the world does not exist, but we are commanded to stand tall, be strong and keep ourselves from becoming part of that darkness. Christ said "ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid." (Matt 5:14)
"The storms will rage around us, but "[we] shall not be beaten down by the storm at the last day; yea, neither shall [we] be harrowed up by the whirlwinds; but when the storm cometh [we] shall be gathered together in [our] place, that the storm cannot penetrate to [us]; yea, neither shall [we] be driven with fierce winds whithersoever the enemy listeth to carry [us]." (Alma 26:6)
Now as we go forward with our day "trust ye in the Lord for ever: for in the Lord JEHOVAH is everlasting strength". (Isaiah 26:4) I know that it is only through Jesus Christ we will find peace and happiness in this life, and the life to come.
"Come, oh come, to the house of the Lord! Come with shouts of rejoicing! What was lost has at last been restored! Come with shouts of rejoicing! ... Come!" ("Come, Oh Come, to the House of the Lord", song by Steven Kapp Perry)