Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. - Matt. 11:28-30
Several months ago, I was involved in a simple operation to remove an aggravated appendix. During the following few weeks, I was in and out of the hospital four times. I would start feeling better long enough to return home for two or three days, and then I would be back in the emergency room. Eventually, it was found that I had a complication from the first surgery and would require major surgery to correct the problem.
On about the third visit to the hospital, I was running a moderate fever and not feeling very well at all. Nevertheless, I was looking forward to being released, for the doctor had said that I could go home that day.
My wife and I assumed that the doctor would show up about 2 p.m. to release me. Time seemed to pass slowly as I lay there and could not obtain physical or mental comfort. The 2 p.m. hour came and went, and at 3:30 we found out that the doctor would not be available until at least 5 p.m. Time continued to pass by ever so slowly. I was getting more and more restless and less and less patient.
As I thought of the previous few weeks of suffering, my thoughts were turned to the purpose of trials. I asked myself, "What am I supposed to learn from this experience?" It was evident that I needed to learn patience and long-suffering. My thoughts then turned to others in the hospital whose suffering was much greater than mine. I began to feel small and insignificant for the way I had been acting. I even thought of Jesus Christ, of how He suffered for all of us, and how well He endured His suffering. At this point, the discomfort, the self-pity, and the depression departed. I felt as though a dark cloud had been lifted from me. I knew that I would be all right, and I knew that I could endure the trial I was experiencing. As I gained strength from the Savior's example, this scripture in Matthew brought new meaning to me.
I received two strong impressions:
- Jesus Christ loves each of us and expects us to turn to Him, to gain strength and comfort during our hour of need.
- I need to share what I have learned with others because we will all have trials in this life.
I bear testimony of the strength, comfort, and patience that can be obtained when we turn our thoughts towards others, and when we contemplate the great gift that Jesus has given to us. I grew closer to our Savior because of this experience and I found rest unto my soul.