As my children were growing up, we would sometimes go for a picnic or go to the ocean for a day. It was so much fun for everyone, we would get a rubber raft so that we could pull it out and ride the waves into shore.
Upon one such day, my son had me get into the raft and pulled me out as far as he could so I could ride a lot of waves in. Once I was out far enough, he turned around and headed back to shore. Just about that time a huge wave hit the raft and knocked me out of it. The tide began pulling the raft out to sea. So I swam after it and hooked my finger through the oarlock. Once I had secured it, I went to stand up but there was no ground for me to stand on. I began getting pummeled wave after wave, each time I was going further out and try as I might to swim back to shore, I was being pulled further out.
I held onto the raft through the oarlock knowing if I let go of the raft I would have drown. My arms began to ache and my finger was hurting so bad. I screamed for help but no one could hear me. I was terrified. I didn’t understand much about undertow but was learning first hand. I began to pray for divine intervention. I was completely alone and everyone on shore looked like small ants.
Then a voice told me to put my feet and legs on top of the water. When I did, I was no longer in danger of the strength of the undertow and the waves carried me back safely to shore. I knew my prayer had been answered.
One day I realized how this is much like the trials we all face in our lives. Sometimes we can feel like we are being swallowed up by our trials and what is going on in the world. Sometimes we feel as if we are barely keeping our heads above the water. This can leave us feeling isolated as if there is no one that can help us. If we put our faith in our Heavenly Father and the Savior then we can rise above life storms and He will safely guide us home.