I was impacted the most this week by our discussion on what Brother Griffin called C.S. Lewis' "law of undulation," from the book The Screwtape Letters. Along the pathway of discipleship, there are peaks and there are troughs. Some of these troughs can last longer than others. The troughs can be the result of different challenges. But a trough is always a period where you feel like your connection with God isn't as strong as you'd like. Where your prayers aren't answered according to the timetable you set.
I'm in one of these troughs right now! I'm seeking spiritual guidance for a really big decision I have to make, and it feels like it's just not going to come anytime soon.
But the main point of the discussion was, the longer the trough lasts, the more amazing a result the Lord has in store. The answer I receive will be exactly what I need, and it will be so wonderful!
I love looking to the example of Alma's people. In time, their deliverance did come:
"15 And now it came to pass that the burdens which were laid upon Alma and his brethren were made light; yea, the Lord did astrengthen them that they could bear up their bburdens with ease, and they did submit cheerfully and with cpatience to all the will of the Lord.
16 And it came to pass that so great was their faith and their patience that the voice of the Lord came unto them again, saying: Be of good comfort, for on the morrow I will deliver you out of bondage."