I don't know if you are like me, but a lot of the lessons the Lord gives me comes visually, and, in many cases, symbolically.
One of the things I remember when Decker passed away, as I sat in an exam room in my local hospital's emergency room next to my husband's lifeless body, I distinctly remember hearing the sound of several windows shattering. I was in shock, however my mind was already trying to come to grips with the fact that the dreams and goals we shared as a couple were now gone. At least for this lifetime.
What has taken years for me to find have been the doors and new windows created through this change. New goals, new dreams, new discoveries. I know it's not over for me yet, as there are still things I see and the Lord's hand guiding me through even more changes as my life turns to the direction He wants it to go, and knows it needs to go.
Sister Reeves' talk in the General Relief Society Meeting on September 28th, spoke to me. The entire talk is wonderful, as was the entire meeting. This talk, however, and this passage of the talk, felt like it was meant for me, and from what I've read on Facebook, I'm not alone.
I hope the Church doesn't mind my doing this, but I felt impressed to give a few added visuals to the passage of the talk where Sister Reeves speaks of the grieving that went on when the Provo Tabernacle caught fire.
Out of the ashes has come a new and greater purpose for that edifice, and it serves as a symbol of the new and greater purposes revealed for each of our lives as the Lord makes His will manifest in our lives.
The General Relief Society Meeting (in it's entirety)