Missionary Moment 6: No Coincidences

Hello!This week has been very eventful to say the least. We celebrated Halloween (as much as we could) and had a blast learning more of the language!
But this week was different, a new friend that I have shared my MTC time with was sent home this morning because of an injury in his right hip. The pain started for him a few weeks ago and he just ignored it thinking it would go away because he hadn’t done anything to hurt it, but as time went on it didn’t. Earlier this week, he finally went to the doctors here to have it examined. After two x-rays, an ultrasound and an MRI, the doctors were not able to find anything wrong with his hip. Because the doctors couldn’t help him, the only option was to send him home and let him undergo more intensive medical help there. This Elder was devastated. And I tried to be there for him, but the next day we were talking again, and he wasn’t upset anymore. I asked him why and he said that he knew that there are no such things as coincidences. God has a hand in everything that happens in our lives. He then said, that these last nine weeks (he is a polish-speaking elder and arrived a few weeks before I did) were the best nine weeks of his life, and after a bit of thought he realized that at home he, with his new training as a missionary, could provide better help and encouragement to some of his friends. He knew that God knew that he was willing and worthy to serve, that going home was not his fault, but part of a bigger plan that God has for him.
This simple testimony, and massive amount of faith from this elder really impressed me and taught me a lot. Personally, if I were told I was going home because of some reason completely out of my control, I would be so frustrated with everything. But his example made me think, throughout my mission I will be exposed to countless situations completely out of my control, and some will not be anything close to what I want or have planned. But I know that God has a plan for each of us, He loves us, and everything that happens is for a reason. If we continue to have faith in Christ, just like this elder, then we will be able to see the good and enjoy the amazing lives we live.
See you next week!
Starší Harrell

One Comment Add yours

  1. Gpa says:

    So, who’s the Elder you’re standing next to? The Polish speaker with the bad hip?

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