I’ve been wondering about how I should “be” about my husband’s cancer and my delayed healing from brain surgery. Should I be a warrior and fight the good fight? Is this a battle? Should I play the victim? Should I be overwhelmed? There are probably lots of choices. I was pondering this yesterday and at Sunday School we studied a scripture about becoming like a child when it comes to afflictions:
” …yield to the enticings of the Holy Spirit, and putteth off the natural man and …becometh as a child, submissive, meek, humble, patient, full of love, willing to submit to all things which the Lord seeth fit to inflict upon him, even as a child doth submit to his father” (from Mosiah 3:19 in the Book of Mormon).
This was very inspiring to me. If I become like a child and am patient, full of love, and willing to submit to this challenge, I think I’ll be OK. I am not comfortable being a warrior in a fight, or a victim, or overwhelmed. It is difficult seeing my husband suffer, but I will “be” in the present moment and trust that all is as it should be. And as Cinderella’s mom told her, I will “have courage and be kind.” That’s what children do, and I can do this.
“If we have a heart to learn and a willingness to follow the example of children, their divine attributes can hold a key to unlocking our own spiritual growth” (Jean A. Stevens, 2011).