There are weeks in life when the wolves are barking, closing in and biting. Most of the time, they are kept at bay…unable to breach the defenses. However there comes a time and a moment that they get in.
When they get in there are so many things that come with them. They bring with them questions, heartache, problems that pile upon each other and soul stretching pain. The moments that are the most difficult are the ones that hold no inspiration of what to do, where to turn and how to move forward. As you stand there, the wolves are nipping at your feet, growling and pulling back to spring for the kill. Personally when staring down the throat of a wolf readying to spring in for the kill, I get a little nauseated.
The questions I have had repeatedly in my heart is…how do we keep these wolves at bay? What do we need to do to get our defenses in order to keep them out? However the first one is…how do we get rid of them when they keep piling in? Each one has a different tactic to pull us down, requiring a new set of strength and weapons to fight.
Prayers are the only weapon we have had to fight these wolves off. Pleading with our Heavenly Father has helped us stay just strong enough to keep breathing. The prayers have also helped us keep the lines of communication open with heaven. There is always the hope that the answer will come, the saving grace will miraculously come to light. We seek for what He would have us do on a daily basis through the inspiration from the scriptures, prayers and counseling with one another.
The only thing we have had to hold onto, besides each other, is hope that promises will be fulfilled. Some days the scripture in Mark chapter 9 comes to mind. In this part of the Savior’s ministry, a man has brought his son to the Savior to have him cast out a spirit within him. This is the exchange that has taken place:
23 Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.
24 And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine aunbelief.
This man knew that the Savior could heal his son, however there came a moment when all of his hope and faith didn’t feel like it was enough. Rather than turn away from this source of blessings and hope, he turned to Him and asked for help. His request was granted as the Savior healed his son.
When the wolves are biting, the best thing we have found to do is turn to the source of all blessings. Maintaining our hope and faith has taken all that we have, but it is all the we have left. We will continue to fight these wolves, one by one as they enter.