Yesterday we went to the temple. We haven't been at all since we moved here. The temple is a place where you are out of human contact for a good 1.5-2 hours (of course, our temple here is only 15-20 minutes away, in CA it was almost an hour, depending on traffic). I just don't trust any of our babysitters to that point yet, so we haven't gone. Shame on us. BUT, my parents are here for Christmas so we took an early morning opportunity to go, go go!
I couldn't help but think of the last times we had gone.
As I saw in my seat or roamed the temple I BEGGED our Heavenly Father to watch out for our family. I pleaded my case that we needed stability and I tried to build my own faith.
I am not sure my faith knew He could fix it. I'm not sure my faith was strong enough.
In the temple there's something called a "witness couple" and we were that yesterday...
As I sat there thinking I knew that we are to do more then just be that in the temple. I knew that our lives are a witness to a lot of people. I've had a lot of peeople in uncertain situations email me wanting to know how I got through last year, and if things will be alright.
And I am here to tell you that God cares so much about you. Your faith doesn't compare to His love. He has angels that are sent to comfort you and He knows what's going to happen, and it is absolutely perfect. Even when you're not sure why to trust or you feel like your friend are failing you, they aren't. He is there. That isn't to say that it won't hurt. That isn't to say that it will always be perfect, or that everything will be perfect (did I mention the heat was 120 the week we moved in here!), but you WILL have your happily ever after.
And what better gift is there? To know that things will always turn out alright, because God is on your side. None. Well, maybe besides good friends. :)
The temple gives us an opportunity to quietly sit with God. To take some time with the "big picture" and even if you're not of my faith I know you know you can do that in other places. You can even go to the LDS temple grounds. They're quiet and beuatiful. I'm grateful for the time I had, before we moved, to "sit with God" to think about how much he loves me, and how much the angels of my ancestors love me.
I do sometimes feel silly about things big "thing" in our loves because it, in a sense, has resolved. No one is dying, there isn't an ongoing illness -- because I think with those you have to learn that the new reality is perfect, which is another journey then I had to take.
Your happily ever after is all God wants for you. :) And me too.
And if you want a little more info about the LDS temple, here's a bit more.