Monday, July 28, 2008

"And God Remembered Rachel"

Last October there was a talk given in general conference that touched my heart in a most profound and lasting way.  Perhaps it was the presentation at the pulpit that roused my soul or more mercifully the spirit and love in which it was prepared that spoke to my heart.  At the time that it was originally presented I didn't think the words could be more meaningful. But more recently the application and spirit of it has been amplified and played to my soul in an even more humbling and tender way as I ponder the opportunities and challenges that I have experienced and also the ones that lay ahead for me.  It has become a constant reminder of the exquisite love that a Father of Billions can have for the one, and I am the one.  

The Apostle Peter testified that “the Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering” toward us (2 Peter 3:9). In this age of one-hour dry cleaning and one-minute fast-food franchises, it may at times seem to us as though a loving Heavenly Father has misplaced our precious promises or He has put them on hold or filed them under the wrong name. Such were the feelings of Rachel.

But with the passage of time, we encounter four of the most beautiful words in holy writ: “And God remembered Rachel” (Genesis 30:22). And she was blessed with the birth of Joseph and later the birth of Benjamin. There are millions on earth today who are descendants of Joseph who have embraced the Abrahamic promise that through their efforts “shall all the families of the earth be blessed, even with the blessings of the Gospel, which are the blessings of salvation, even of life eternal” (Abraham 2:11).

When heaven’s promises sometimes seem afar off, I pray that each of us will embrace these exceeding great and precious promises and never let go. And just as God remembered Rachel, God will remember you. I so testify in the name of Jesus Christ, amen. (Elder Spencer J. Condie, October 2007) 


Kim & Devin said...

Thank you for posting that. At one point in my life that I was really struggeling, I too was really touched by the story of Rachel. I don't remember this conference talk (I clearly need to go back and read it), but the story touched me so much when I felt that perhaps no one was listening to me and no one felt what I felt. It was a different situation, but yet the story applied. I love Rachel's faith and courage and her determination to not let her hardships bring her down. What an example! Thanks for posting that. Love ya!
PS. Beth has a blog now! wahoo! Her link is on my page. Now we just need all the other girlies to understand just how great it is.

Erika Bassett said...

Wendy, as Sarah would say, "You're hee-lar-ious!" I haven't been keeping up with your blogs and just barely read the past 3 entries and was laughing out loud! Especially the thoughts from the race!!!
On a more serious note, I loved this blog entry as well because it is really touching. Thanks for sharing! I hope things are going well for you. If you need anything please let me know.