When I was a teenager, Ma Hoffman had the missionaries living with her. They had it good there as she did their cooking, laundry and cleaning. She wouldn't take any money for rent either. That was back in the day when each missionary paid whatever rent was in their area.
I was at her home the day that a specific missionary got word that he was being transferred. I don't recall his name but I know he was a larger guy. Tall too. Ma was maybe 5' tall. This missionary was upset and crying because he didn't want to leave. I suppose it was like living with your grandma when you stayed there. I was standing in her kitchen when I saw her look up at this giant of a man and start singing, "I'll go where you want me to go dear Lord, over mountain or plain or sea..." He was still crying but I believe it was for a different reason now. It was a powerful thing to witness.
Years ago when there was still a stake mission, I was interviewed by Gary Olsen and extended the call to be a stake missionary. My husband was serving as a counselor in the stake presidency and I had many young children at home. I had no idea how I could fulfill this commitment and told him that I would have to go home and pray over it. I had never done that before. I always accepted each calling when it was extended. I spent the next week pondering, praying and wondering how I could possibly accept this calling. Then I remembered that experience from years earlier. I could hear Ma singing to me, "I'll go where you want me to go dear Lord..." When Gary called to ask what my decision was I was able to tell him that I would accept the call. By the way, I loved that calling.
Fast forward to Sunday, February 11, 2018. Pat and I were driving to Beaver Dam for a speaking assignment with our calling as Area Temple and Family History Consultants. I put a MoTab cd in to listen to music. As I listened the choir began to sing,
It may not be on a mountain height or over a stormy sea,
It may not be on the battle's front, the Lord has need of me.
But if by a still, small voice he calls, to paths that I do not know,
I'll answer dear Lord, with my hand in thine, I'll go where you want me to go.
As I listened I thought how the Lord doesn't usually ask me to do things that are out of my scope. Instead he asks me to do things that are out of my comfort zone. He asks me to do things that will help me grow spiritually. The KEY is the last line of that verse. I'll go with my hand in His. I love the imagery of that. When I am asked to do hard things, He will take me by the hand and lead me. With him leading, I can do all things. I believe Nephi said something very similar in 1 Nephi 3:7. There is nothing too difficult if I allow the Lord to help me do it. I can do nothing of myself. I will fail if I don't let the Lord lead me.
I now have an even greater appreciation for that hymn. I WILL go where He wants me to go.
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