Tuesday, May 19, 2009

According to our understanding

For my soul delighteth in plainness for after this manner doth the Lord God work among the children of men. For the Lord God giveth light unto the understanding for he speaketh unto men according to their language, unto their understanding. 2 Nephi 31:3

Not long ago, a young mother who had recently gone through a very bitter divorce shared this experience with a friend. Her four-year-old daughter had responded to the divorce with intense grief. She wouldn’t play, she wouldn’t eat, and she wouldn’t talk.

The mother was wise and was careful to never speak against the father in the child’s presence. The father, however, foolishly and cruelly demeaned the mother whenever he took his daughter for the weekends. This action caused the child to further withdraw. Naturally, the mother was greatly concerned as time passed and there was no improvement in her child’s emotional and physical state.

In desperation, she continued praying to Heavenly Father, begging for His help. Shortly thereafter, as she was making breakfast one morning, the mother was astounded when her daughter came shipping down the stairs with a big happy smile. She took her seat at the table and began eating without being coaxed.

This was a miracle. The mom said, “Honey, I am so happy to see that you are feeling better.”

The little girl said, “Heavenly Father talked to me last night and said that He didn’t want me to be sad, and that right now, my Daddy’s heart is like the Grinch’s – it’s two sizes too small. Someday it will be better. But right now, He wants me to be happy and just go outside and play.”

What an amazing Being we have for our Father!

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