Thursday, September 1, 2011

Filling Reservoirs of Life

President Kimball shares a story about preparing our "reservoirs" for life's adversity.
           "I grew up in a dry country. It seemed to me that hardly ever was there enough rain to last through the crop-growing period to carry us through the season—not enough water to distribute between the many hungry canals and the tens of thousands of thirsty hectares, not enough to irrigate all the crops.

We learned to pray for rain—we always prayed for rain.

When I was still very small, I knew that plants could not survive in dry country more than about two or three weeks without water. I knew how to harness up the old mare to a lizard (a forked log on which a barrel was placed) and I drove the animal to the Union Canal, which was a block below our home. With a bucket I scooped up water from the small stream or the puddles and filled the barrel, and the horse dragged it back so I could pour bucketfuls of precious liquid on the roses, the violets, and other flowers, and the small shrubs and hedges and new trees. 
Water was like liquid gold, so reservoirs became an important part of my life.
In our times there is a need for reservoirs of many kinds—reservoirs to store water, some to store food...some like the barns and bins set up by Joseph in the land of Egypt in which to store the seven years of plenty to carry them over the seven years of drought and famine.
But there should also be reservoirs of knowledge to meet future needs, reservoirs of courage to overcome the floods of fear that put uncertainty in lives, storage of physical strength to help us meet the frequent contamination's and contagions that cause illness, reservoirs of goodness, reservoirs of stamina, reservoirs of faith. 
Yes, reservoirs of faith so that when things of the world try to overwhelm us, we stand firm and strong. When the temptations of a decaying world about us draw on our energies, sap our spiritual to carry us over the dull, the difficult, the terrifying moments, over disappointments, disillusionment's and years of adversity, want, confusion, and frustration."
Remember each day to take time to fill your "reservoirs of life" so when the difficulties arise, you will be ready physically, spiritually, and mentally. Our years of "plenty" must be used to prepare us for those year of "drought and famine."


Alison said...

Linda, today somebody asked me about how to prepare for an emergency when it comes to helping out your neighbors. For instance, what if there was a disaster and you are well prepared but you can see your neighbors hurting because they have no food. Any ideas on how to work through such situations? Do we encourage them ahead of time to prepare? Do we help them out? If so, how much? Just wondered if this was an area you'd thought of at all? I need your ideas. :)

Linda said...

These are great questions, I will read up on this and do a post on it:)