Doctrine and Covenants 64:33-34
“33 Wherefore, be not weary in well-doing, for ye are laying the foundation of a great work. And out of small things proceedeth that which is great. 34 Behold, the Lord requireth the heart and a willing mind; and the willing and obedient shall eat the good of the land of Zion in these last days.” https://www.lds.org/scriptures/dc-testament/dc/64?verse=33-34&lang=eng#p33
A friend of mine shared with me these scripture verses, and and said that sometimes she feels weary and thinks she must be doing something wrong.
As I consider this dear friend and all the struggles and loss she has endured over recent years, and as I have seen the faith and faithfulness with which she lived in her daily life, I couldn’t help but think she may have misunderstood something here.
For a moment, think about the Book of Mormon story of the young men who served in the army of Helaman. They were so faithful and good, that Helaman (the prophet) called them his sons. They fought valiantly against the invading enemy in spite of desperately huge odds against them. They fought so hard that ALL of them were injured, many suffering great loss of blood.
Alma 57:25-26 (Book of Mormon)
“25 And it came to pass that there were two hundred, out of my two thousand and sixty, who had fainted because of the loss of blood; nevertheless, according to the goodness of God, and to our great astonishment, and also the joy of our whole army, there was not one soul of them who did perish; yea, and neither was there one soul among them who had not received many wounds.
26 And now, their preservation was astonishing to our whole army, yea, that they should be spared while there was a thousand of our brethren who were slain. And we do justly ascribe it to the miraculous power of God, because of their exceeding faith in that which they had been taught to believe—that there was a just God, and whosoever did not doubt, that they should be preserved by his marvelous power.
27 Now this was the faith of these of whom I have spoken; they are young, and their minds are firm, and they do put their trust in God continually.”
Let me remind you of the conditions under which these young men fought. It was hand-to-hand combat with swords and shields. Face-to-face with their enemy. Their wounds were from arrows and knives and swords. Nowadays, we go to the emergency room for a little kitchen knife slip, but their wounds would have been deep, possibly resulting in the loss of a limb.
After all this, do you think their desires were no more to do good? Of course not! Though they were wounded badly and requiring rest and time to heal, I am certain that their desires were still for good. Certainly, some of them felt weary and overwhelmed by their wounds and needed time to recover and to learn new ways to live with handicaps resulting from those injuries. They may have felt bereft and lost at times, but through all of this, I don’t think they had any doubts about the value of what they had done in protecting their people. I am sure they still had desires for the welfare of their people, families, and friends.
Sometimes it is not our turn to run the race, but to lean on God and those around us who will also not weary in well-doing to help us heal from our own hurts and losses. Sometimes we are not the warriors, but the wounded.
The great thing is that God has a plan for these times and we can trust him to see us through, if we will turn to him. We can learn to trust those around us who offer us the aid we may desperately need, as they learn to render the service that allows each of us to live in harmony with the pure love of Christ.
Mosiah 4:27 (Book of Mormon)
“27 And see that all these things are done in wisdom and order; for it is not requisite that a man should run faster than he has strength. And again, it is expedient that he should be diligent, that thereby he might win the prize; therefore, all things must be done in order.”
In the times when our faith may flag and we wonder why? and how? and we struggle to stand, we can turn to God, and he will send his angels to lift us, strengthen us, heal us, and keep us turned toward Christ, the source of all our hope.