A few weeks ago I came home to an empty house so I quickly turned on the TV
for some noise while I made lunch. I had flipped on the BYU channel,
and there was the President of that university, Cecil Samuelson talking along with his wife.
They were standing side by side sharing some earlier fertility/ pregnancy hardships
they went through in the early years of their marriage.
They had to wait 3 years for their first child, and another 5 years for the second one,
and then her Dr said there would be no more babies.
They tried to adjust to this fact but it was hard
because they both very much wanted a large family.
Then several years later they heard of a family adopting a baby from Guatemala.
They quickly checked into this idea and 2 months later were able to adopt
Guatemalan twins (who are 36 years old now and have families of their own.)
Several years after the adoption they surprisingly became pregnant with one last child!
The following quote from President Samuelson really struck me
so I repeatedly went back with the help of my DVR to get it right:
"We share these experiences only to show
the hand of the Lord in our lives
and to remind ourselves and others
that seeming disappointments and disasters
often are the keys that unlock the door
to greater blessings and opportunities
that might ever been hoped for or even conceived."
I like also how President Samuelson pointed out that while he sees the Lord's hand
often in his life, he usually recognizes it better in retrospect than while it is actually taking place.
That was a relief to hear because that is usually how it is with me, too. But he also added,
"We fully believe that rarely, if ever,
do good things happen to us
without the influence of the hand of heaven."