Bright At Last

I think one of the commonalities in life is the struggle to continue to move forward without knowing exactly what lies ahead. It seems to me that it’s just in our nature to want to have an exact timeline of how our lives will go and when exactly things will happen. Heck, there are some days when I wish with all my heart that I could have such a timeline. A little map of sorts that would tell me- “In __ amount of time you will graduate school. Immediately following, you will work at ____ place, and during that time you will meet ___ person who will be your eternal companion. You will then proceed to live at ___ place.” So on and so forth.

Be still, my soul; thy God doth undertake to guide the future as he has the past. Thy hope, thy confidence, let nothing shake; all now mysterious shall be bright at last.
— Be Still my Soul | Katharina von Schlegel, b. 1697; trans. by Jane Borthwick, 1813-1897

It’s in those moments, when I let the uncertainties of the future rack my peace of mind, that I think of that beautiful verse from “Be Still My Soul”. It is such a soft reminder that there is a loving Heavenly being that is guiding the future, just as He has the past. What’s more is the incredible use of the word “guiding”, in that line. I think it clarifies where the role of agency comes in. He isn’t making decisions for us, rather, if we turn to the definition of the word “guide” we understand that he is indicating the way.

I think, regardless of the stage of life that we’re in, there are moments when we all feel that the uncertainties of the future can become overwhelming. It’s in those moments when we can take courage in the line, “Thy hope, thy confidence, let nothing shake; all now mysterious shall be bright at last.” What we can’t see or understand now will be made bright at last through unwavering hope and confidence.

So much of our fear of the future comes from our limited scope on the “bigger picture”. I recently went to a devotional, at my university’s Institute, where the sister who was speaking, related a story that put the concept of the “bigger picture” into a deeper context for me. She told us of a time in her life when, because of health issues, she had to take her young daughter to rigorous weekly hospital visits. She told us how, as a parent, it was difficult for her to see her daughter have to face these challenging treatments. But because she understood that in the long run they would be beneficial to her daughter’s health, she could brave each visit. Her daughter, however, could only see the discomfort and difficulty and couldn’t see how the challenge of each visit would be beneficial to her in the future. She then related what this experience taught her about our own relationship with our Heavenly Father. Similarly, when we face trials and difficulties all we can see is the struggle. When if we could see with the perspective of our Heavenly Father we would be able to see how the struggles we’re facing are for our eternal benefit.

I recently came across a verse of scripture that is a new favorite:

For after much tribulation come the blessings. Wherefore the day cometh that ye shall be crowned with much glory; the hour is not yet, but is nigh at hand.
— Doctrine & Covenants 58:4

Developing an eternal perspective can be difficult but through the confidence that “all now mysterious shall be bright at last” we can have the courage to trust that the hour when all that we’ve been promised will be given is “not yet, but is nigh at hand”.


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Allexis is currently studying Communication at the University of Utah and works as a Social Media Marketing Specialist by day. By night, she explores the great outdoors as a means to draw closer to The Savior and His creations. She believes that the end of all exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place as home. In her spare time, you will find Allexis planning Gospel Doctrine lessons for her Sunday School class, eating baked goods like they're going out of style, blogging about her personal life and style, and trying to do as much of all the above while sitting atop a mountain. Visit lifeofacoyfish.com to learn more.