Saturday, April 30, 2016

And All His Hail and Mighty Storm Shall Beat Upon You...

Helaman 5:12, right?

Well, a few days ago my mom, siblings, and I all went and enjoyed a beautiful day at the beach! There were some reports of rain, but we still risked it. Though it was slightly overcast when we arrived, the sun soon came out and it was AMAZING!!! (Almost too amazing--we all came home with crazy sunburns!) But anyway...

On the drive home, we started hearing some claps of thunder in the distance. Before we knew it, it was raining hard and then--it started hailing! It was certainly something to be described as "hail and mighty storm"! Soon, it got so crazy that we couldn't see anything but rain and the taillights of the school bus in front of us. My mom was understandably nervous driving through this, but it was still amazing (in a terrifying way!) so she asked my brother to take a picture.

When he held the phone up to take it, he noticed that he could see more clearly through the phone's camera than he could through the windshield! After he snapped a picture, he continued to hold up the phone with the camera on for my mom to see through the rain! And miracle of miracles: we didn't crash!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

And yes, there's a lesson to be learned in all this! Let's pull out the scriptures and read the fullness of Helaman 5:12: And now, my sons, remember, remember that it is upon the rock of our Redeemer, who is Christ, the Son of God, that ye must build your foundation; that when the devil shall send forth his mighty winds, yea, his shafts in the whirlwind, yea, when all his hail and his mighty storm shall beat upon you, it shall have no power over you to drag you down to the gulf of misery and endless wo, because of the rock upon which ye are built, which is a sure foundation, a foundation whereon if men build they cannot fall.

The hail and mighty storm definitely came along! But it couldn't drag us down because my mom is a good driver and our van windows are strong, right? And another element that isn't mentioned in the verse but I think is important: when my brother held up the camera for my mom to see through, I think that was like the Spirit that guides us through our tough times and problems, and if we weren't built upon the rock of Christ, we would never have the Spirit. Does this make sense? Feel free to share your thoughts/help clarify this for me! :) Enjoy your weekend!


  1. It can be harder to stay focussed on the smaller "screen" of the Holy Ghost, but it is a lot safer in the long run that trying to see clearly through the wider, foggier "windshield." Thanks for the great analogy!!

  2. Loved your insights Annalee and Lily! You gals are very wise! I'll never read Helaman 5:12 again without thinking of this experience and your thoughts on it.