Every month we get a set amount of money that should last until the next month, but sometimes you end up buying too many tamales before the month ends and you are left with nothing…Uh…so this month that might have been what happened to us. As a result we now have to wait until the next deposit of money to buy drinking water, and let me just tell you that it is pretty miserable to walk all day in the sun with a killer thirst for agua. It’s a good thing the people here are really kind and have mercy on us.
This experience (along with a little bit of scripture study) really got me thinking about when somebody is left in a drought - spiritually speaking. Sometimes we, as humans, are a little bit foolish and impulsive. We let our desires of "I want one of those tamales RIGHT NOW!" get in the way of our good sense and the council of God. We give in to something that deep down we know won’t do us any good in the future, but it just sounds soooo good in the moment. Later on, we suffer the results and are often times left short-handed at the end of the month, with a thirst for something that we now are unable to satisfy.
The best part about this parable is that, just like the good people of Mexico, there is somebody waiting with a tall glass of mercy and love --- just waiting for us to knock on their door. The Savior, regardless of our foolish actions in the past, will always be there to quench the thirst that we are unable to satisfy.
All that He asks is that we make the decision to COME UNTO HIM and leave the wasteland behind.
I know that it is easy to say, and sometimes incredibly difficult to do, but I also know that it is entirely possible.
"And how many times they repented and asked forgiveness, with real intention, they were forgiven." (Moroni 6:8, The Book of Mormon)
I love this mission. I love Mexico. I know without a doubt that there is nothing better that I could be doing right now.
Con amor, Hermana Jones