This weekend has been challenging with keeping food and fluids in Nate. He was too weak to attend Stake Conference but he was
not alone as family gathered and the house was hopping. Josh, Indy and their children and Nichole, Phil and family came to visit.
Hard to see Nate struggle, we can’t take that away as much as we wish. We stay close, we support and we love but this is his test.
In the Old Testament the story of “Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego exemplified trust in God when they refused to worship Nebuchadnezzar’s golden idol. Even threatened with the King’s fury and fire, they defiantly declared, “Our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace…But if not, be it known unto thee, Oh king, that we will not serve thy gods” (Daniel 3:17-18)
“But if not” –Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego did not place their faith in blessings but in the Giver of blessings. Their trust in God was not dependent on deliverance from the firey furnace; therefore, they could go forward confidently, knowing that anything could happen and they would still be secure in Christ.
In the midst of their fiery trial, these three men — who leaned for repose on Jesus, not on outcomes — communed with the Son of God.
Such a sacred companionship in times of trouble can be our blessing as well:
For I will be with thee, thy troubles to bless…And sanctify to thee thy deepest distress.”
Jeffrey S. McClellan BYU 2018 speech