The Bright Side of Tragedy

After Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, Robin Baudier moved in with her parents in their FEMA trailer home. She was embarrassed to move in with her parents and missed her autonomy, privacy, and good job in Los Angeles. But she said she’d never been in better shape, never spent spent so much time outside, and never been closer to her family.

I know it might sound strange that I am indirectly describing Hurricane Katrina as a blessing, since it took my family’s home and recovering from it has taken over our lives. But I love my awful life so much right now, that I find it hilarious when I am unable to convince anyone else of it.

I know in my own life it’s easier to remember God, appreciate my family, and be thankful for what I have when times are hard. The Book of Mormon teaches that this is a true principle, and a primary reason for difficulties:

2 Yea, and we may see at the very time when he doth prosper his people, yea, in the increase of their fields, their flocks and their herds, and in gold, and in silver, and in all manner of precious things of every kind and art; sparing their lives, and delivering them out of the hands of their enemies; softening the hearts of their enemies that they should not declare wars against them; yea, and in fine, doing all things for the welfare and happiness of his people; yea, then is the time that they do harden their hearts, and do forget the Lord their God, and do trample under their feet the Holy One—yea, and this because of their ease, and their exceedingly great prosperity.

3 And thus we see that except the Lord doth chasten his people with many afflictions, yea, except he doth visit them with death and with terror, and with famine and with all manner of pestilence, they will not remember him.

There’s nothing supernatural about Robin’s lemons-to-lemonade story except maybe her optimism. Hard times bring perspective and reset priorities. But even more importantly, if salvation is about knowing God and always remembering Him, we should be thankful for events that help us know and remember.

Read “The Strange Blessing That Brought Me Home” by Robin Baudier.