With the weather getting warmer, at least in Arizona, my swimming pool is priming for daily swim time. And my niece has a silly little ditty she likes to sing while she swims, “the ducks, the ducks, they swim in the water. The ducks, the ducks, they never get wet – they fly!” (at fly you have to throw your hands up and splash). The song had me thinking about ducks. They can swim in the deepest pools and when they surface the water literally rolls off their backs. This happens because ducks produce an oil that coats their feathers, and oil and water do not mix. So they never get wet.
Our dear Savior, willingly suffered for us in the Garden of Gethsemane. Gethsemane literally translates to oil press, and is where olive oil was made. Likewise, if we use Christ’s atonement, it too will cover us like a spiritual oil and the water and problems of the world will roll off our backs. Unkind comments will not stick to us, family problems will not sink us, and life’s stress will not shake our faith.
In April’s conference Present Nelson talked about this spiritual oil and referred to it as the Savior’s power. If you are needing more of this power in your life he explains, “we increase the Savior’s power in our lives when we make sacred covenants and keep those covenants with precision. Our covenants bind us to Him and give us godly power.”