I Knew Christ was Reaching for Me...But I Had a Choice to Make

When I think of the Conference theme, the newer picture of Christ reaching his hand into the water comes to my mind. I have been taught all of my life to Come unto Christ. Come is an action word. It is an action that we have to choose to do.  

As the picture infers, we sometimes feel we are drowning. Lately, with all the things going on in my life, I was trying to stay afloat. I am not one to easily be offended, I usually just brush things off. But recently, twice, in about a week’s time, my abilities, commitment, and listening to the spirit were questioned. I was hurt, I was angry, and it put me way under and in a very dark place, like a bottom of a well. I couldn’t or wouldn’t let it go. I didn’t want to see people, I didn’t want to go to church, read scriptures, and I didn’t feel I could pray, feeling like such a failure. Satan loved that part, I’m sure.

I knew Christ was there reaching for me, but I had to make a choice – to stay there or grab His hand. When you’re in that deep hole, it is not easy to find a way out. Did I want to stay there or feel better? I chose to try and get out. I grasped for Him through prayer to help me get out of that dark place. I chose to change my focus from me to Him by digging into my scriptures, exercising more, listening to conference talks, serving others, repenting, and forgiving. All the primary things we are taught, which by the way have all helped. Healing doesn’t always happen overnight, but as I choose to do these things, I can see and feel His love and have been able to have healing.

I know He’s there and loves us. He wants to heal us when we struggle, and He wants us to be happy. Make the choice to Come as You are and feel Christ’s love.

~Nancy Christensen

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