Just because we have the comforter always with us doesn’t mean life will always be comfortable.

art by Morgan Casteel

When I was five years old, I slept in a ball absolutely petrified to move at all—you know, because rats lived in my sheets. But only in the cold parts, of course. So I couldn’t. move. a. muscle.

My mom tried to tell me that rats did not, in fact, live in my bed or our house. Then, when that didn’t work, she taught me about the Holy Ghost and how it’s his job to comfort and protect us. She said he would protect me.

But I couldn’t see the Holy Ghost and had a hard time believing he could help me. I stayed curled up every night for weeks until my mom finally put a big vinyl sticker of Belle on my wall and said, “Do you think Belle will protect you?”

I absolutely did. I slept fine that night and every night after. Zero rat bites.

I am happy to report I no longer sleep under a Belle vinyl sticker.

D&C 88:3-4 states, “I now send upon you another Comforter […] that it may abide in your hearts […]. This Comforter is the promise which I give unto you of eternal life.”

As I read this passage I thought of the Belle story and wondered, how many times do I look to other sources to provide comfort and protection?

Relationships.

Financial stability.

Status.

Other’s approval.

It is easier to lean on the things you can see to provide comfort.

But they are all just Belle vinyls hanging on your wall.

True comfort comes from God’s Comforter. 

“Ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.” (John 14:17)

God has promised “I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.”

Just because we have the Comforter always with us doesn’t mean life will always be comfortable.

But He will come to you.

In your sorrows. In your pains. In your trials. And He will help lift you through them.


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