There have been many times in my life when I have learned this, times when I have felt alone and ready to give up. I feel like many of us tend to feel this way in different times in our life no matter what age we are. We feel maybe that our life is lacking direction or answers. We feel lost, sad that we’re not fitting in with a group of friends, frustrated in the dating world, wondering if we should serve a mission, deciding where to go to college and what to study, trying to find employment, choosing an eternal companion, and deciding when to have kids and how to raise them in this world.
The Lord stands at the door and knocks and waits for us to call upon Him. He will not leave us alone. He will guide us in the direction we ought to go. Sometimes it’s hard getting over our pride and realizing that we can’t do it alone. That we need His help.
When I was deciding where to go to school, it was quite the battle with my parents. They wanted me to attend BYU in Provo or Idaho, and I wanted to stay in California and attend Cosmetology school. They finally gave in and supported me through school. School was a year long, 8 hours a day, and 5 days a week. It was pretty intense and competitive. I loved it and made awesome friends and learned a skill that has blessed me and my family for so many years. It’s a skill that a machine cannot replace and also a skill that many people are in need of. I love making people feel beautiful and relaxed.
When I graduated from school and needed to find a job, I was very scared to enter that world, especially being inexperienced. I chose to focus on Esthetics and I decided to just try and get a job locally in my hometown. I got a job at a local Day Spa that was well known and stayed very busy. There I was able to learn a lot and gain a lot of experience. The job I was hired for was only seasonally, so at the end of the summer I was let go. I was discouraged and didn’t know where to look next.
I figured maybe I would move to Utah. Most singles I had grown up with had moved there, and my older siblings had all moved to Provo. Something about it just didn’t feel completely right. I had prayed about it, and I got the answer to work on my résumé and take it to some spas in hotels by the beach. I was able to get a job after a few interviews and a couple job offers. I felt so blessed and lucky and I knew it was from the help of my Heavenly Father.
To this day I don’t know why I was supposed to stay in California at that time, but I know that the Lord wanted me to and helped me. I’m so glad that I listened and got that job. I was able to gain life experience and able to work in a wonderful place. It is so important I think to accomplish things for yourself before you decide to get married and become a mom. I tell most young girls to enjoy your time being single and live life to the fullest, that way they never feel like they missed out on living life a little.
Heavenly Father loves us and He will not leave us alone unless we let Him. Life is hard, and hard things happen to us and others. We need to live close to the gospel and do the little things we are commanded to do so that we have the Spirit with us to guide us. I am so grateful for the knowledge I have that I am not alone. I’m so grateful for my Savior that suffered for all my sins and loves me enough to die for me so that I can live forever. I want to leave you with a few lines from a song we used to sing at girls camp.
“Walk tall, you’re a daughter, a child of God
Be strong, please remember who you are.
Try to understand, you’re part of His great plan
He’s closer than you know; Reach up He’ll take your hand”
Guest Post by Vanessa Meeker
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