A significant moment in my personal journey to Jesus Christ can be traced to an invitation given by President Henry B Eyring (1) where he invited the audience to act.
He said, “I bless you that every day, if you will ask in prayer to be shown where the hand of God intervened in your life that day, I bless you that you will see that, it will be made manifest to you, That you will see that He is leading and guiding and lifting you, and that He knows you”.
This invitation: ‘to consciously document the hand of the Lord in our lives every day’ resonated with me.
I accepted the invitation and purchased a new pastel blue notebook that would become a precious personal record, capturing moments when I saw the hand of the Lord in my life. Little did I know how pivotal this little blue pastel notepad would prove, in my continuing journey to seek Jesus Christ.
In recollecting times where I have acknowledged the hand of the Lord in my life, I was reminded of a time when I was eleven years old. I had an accident that punctured my spleen. This required hospitalisation and, in advance of the operation, going without food and drink for what seemed like an eternity. I particularly remember being in a large room, feeling vulnerable and alone in the early hours of the morning. I silently prayed for help to ease my anxiety and discomfort. Within a very short period of time, a nurse came and offered me an ice cube wrapped within a cotton bandage to suck on. The relief and refreshment felt like a luxurious feast. More importantly, however, I recognised and acknowledged the hand of the Lord.
A scripture in Psalms was fulfilled in that hospital bed. That night “I sought the LORD, and he answered me and delivered me from my fears”. (2) Though this may seem trivial, my attempt to ask and exercise faith was answered. And I had not only felt physical relief, I felt that HE knew me.
Without relaying every experience I have documented in my pastel blue notepad, a consistent pattern has emerged. As I ask, believe I will receive, (3) and acknowledge Him, my relationship to Him is strengthened. This pattern has guided and continues to guide me through illness, trials, despair, and pain.
The 2022 FSY theme (4) perfectly describes this pattern. My wife Ailsa and I had the privilege of being part of the Manchester Scotland session of FSY in 2022. We witnessed this pattern playing out in the lives of many participants. One young woman brought many difficult questions to FSY, with no expectation that they would all be answered. She recounted in joyful tears that, during this Christ-focused event, every one of her questions had been answered. She knew that He knew her. This young woman has recently been called to serve Him in the Frankfurt Germany mission.
The apostle Peter invited us to: “be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you “ (5)
I invite you to document the hand of the Lord in your life, starting retrospectively as far as you can remember. Continue daily to recognise, acknowledge, and receive the reach of the master of healing, the bright and morning star, He that is in all things, above all things, through all things, and round about all things. (6)
I love Him, I adore Him, I depend on Him, because I can recollect numerous times where I had a personal confirmation that He knows me and loves me.
In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen
1. A steady, upward course - Henry B Eyring, BYU Idaho Devotional September 2001
2. Psalm 34:4
3. Matthew 21:22
4. Proverbs 3:5-6
5. 1 Peter 3:15
6. Colossians 1:17