This morning I woke up to a blanket of snow covering the flowers, leaves, and grass. As I gazed at the plants, drooping under the weight of the wet snow, my thoughts immediately turned to lines from one of my favorite hymns, “Count Your Many Blessings.” The lines that came to mind were these: “are you ever burdened with a load of care? Does the cross seem heavy you are called to bear?” These poor plants, having just managed to emerge from the long winter were surely “burdened with a load of care.”
As I looked at the branches bending to support the weight of heavy snow, I was reminded of trials we all face. Sometimes trials seem to pour down over night and bend us to extremes. Usually, they seem to hit right when things were beginning to go well too. Often, like the branches of trees, we may feel broken as a result of trials.
“Count Your Many Blessings” offers simple yet profound advice for getting through the difficult trials which will come. “Count your many blessings; every doubt will fly, and you will be singing as the days go by.” All one must do is keep blessings in mind and remain optimistic! If we do those two things, our trials will become easier to bear and our testimonies will grow. During trials, I make an effort to reach out and to extend service to others. This helps me remain happy and remember how I have been blessed. Using talents to bless others will remind you of strengths you have and with that reminder, you will be confident, motivated to strengthen your weaknesses, and excited to continue serving others.
As the day went on, the trees bent their branches back into position and snow fell off of the flowers and leaves. Spring emerged triumphant. I know that you and I can also do this. If trials weigh us down, we can stand a little taller and remember who we are: daughters of Heavenly Father. If we keep this truth in mind, we will able to endure and gain strength through our trials. We must also remember that Christ is the gardener. He will come to brush off our branches and help to lift our load if we ask for His help.