During this last week, my husband, Lyle and I lead a tow truck up the mountain to our buried truck. It was so stuck that after hours of work and broken equipment the only answer was to call a professional that owned the right equipment. (And let me assure you, that my husband is almost as close to a professional as you can get when it comes to getting stuck and unstuck.)
After arriving the tow truck operator and Lyle got to work on getting our truck unstuck. Believe me when I say that Lyle can do stuck really well. The truck was stuck up to the doors in mud. However, after just a few minutes, the tow truck was stuck too. The tow truck operator thought that he could just ease himself up to the front bumper of the truck and pull us out. But instead he immediately sunk. An hour later, after much digging and pushing and pulling, the tow truck was again ready to take on the task.
Then they set to work again on our truck. They dug and pulled and dug and pulled. It almost looked hopeless until we started to see a tiny bit of movement and then another tiny bit of movement until finally we were sitting on the solid road again.
This week Sister Funk, one of my teachers at BYU-Idaho sent us her thoughts on this article Try this for a change: 4 Simple Steps to Self Improvement. I so appreciate her thoughts each week. They have so far been exactly what I have needed. And this week was no exception.
But Why Can’t I Have It Right Now?
I am guilty of being someone that just wants to get to the end or to the final goal right now. I am impatient with the process that I have to go through to get to the final outcome. For example, I am in school right now, and all I can see is the final goal of graduating. That is good to some extent but when I am distracted from what is going on right here and now it becomes a problem. In my mind if I take more classes, I will get done faster. But the problem with that kind of thinking is that then my family, my marriage, my health, my job, and my schooling are all affected. I just don’t have enough time to devote fully to all of them and so something or somethings get neglected. And then I find myself stuck. So stuck that I am getting others stuck with me. And that is some kind of stuck.
What Do I Need To Do Right Now To Get Unstuck?
In the article Try this for a change: 4 Simple Steps to Self Improvement, Sean Johnson suggests that one of the main things we need to do is to ask for direction. This is the same thing that Laurel Christensen talked about last week in the book that I talked about called “The Faith Experiment”. It seems to be a constant theme running through my thoughts and life lately. In Elder Larry R. Lawrence’s talk title “What Lack I Yet?” in October 2015 General Conference, he encourages us to go to humbly go to the Lord and ask him what is keeping us from progressing and then to quietly wait for an answer. The trick here is to act upon whatever inspiration that we get immediately and see what happens. Too many times in my life, I ask but then think that I know better. What you say? You think you know more than God? I know I have a lot of work to do. But I just have to keep on trying.
Never Give Up. Keep on Keeping On.
Sean Johnson’s article also referenced another General Conference talk from April 2015 by David G. Renlund titled Latter Day Saints Keep on Trying. I loved this talk in every way possible. Please take some time to read it. He quotes President Monson as having taught, “One of God’s greatest gifts to us is the joy of trying again, for no failure ever need be final.” What a beautiful promise that is. Too often we give up after getting stuck once, twice, or too many times to be counted. We tell ourselves that we are not good enough, that we can’t do it, that we are failures. And we stay stuck because at the moment it feels easier and we give up the freedom that we could have if we just took one little baby step at a time. One little movement towards freedom. One little hand reaching out to God to know what he would have us do.
Brother Renlund’s Invitation to Us
I love how he ends his talk:
“My invitation to all of us is to evaluate our lives, repent, and keep on trying. If we don’t try, we’re just latter-day sinners; if we don’t persevere, we’re latter-day quitters; and if we don’t allow others to try, we’re just latter-day hypocrites. As we try, persevere, and help others to do the same, we are true Latter-day Saints. As we change, we will find that God indeed cares a lot more about who we are and about who we are becoming than about who we once were.“
So today, I commit to enjoy the process of getting unstuck. To not be frustrated with my current circumstances, but to ask God “What Lack I Yet?”. So that I can see clearly what small thing that I need to do next to get myself out of this current predicament that I got myself into. And then ask again “What Lack I Yet?” And then again. Until I am finally firmly on solid ground again. Where I can then look back and see how far I have come and where I have yet to go. And rejoice in the process of becoming someone that I never knew was possible and someone that I will never be again.