Stretching and Reaching for Christ 

President Nelson’s talk was one of the ones from conference that made the deepest impressions of me. I’ve returned to his words frequently since.

What stood out to me is how President Nelson described the process of gaining the Savior’s power in our lives.

Many of us have cried out from the depths of our hearts a variation of this woman’s words: “If I could spiritually stretch enough to draw the Savior’s power into my life, I would know how to handle my heart-wrenching situation. I would know what to do. And I would have the power to do it.”

When you reach up for the Lord’s power in your life with the same intensity that a drowning person has when grasping and gasping for air, power from Jesus Christ will be yours. When the Savior knows you truly want to reach up to Him–when He can feel that the greatest desire of your heart is to draw His power into your life–you will be led by the Holy Ghost to know exactly what you should do.

When you spiritually stretch beyond anything you have ever done before, then His power will flow into you

The sad truth is that I don’t reach for the Lord with that intensity, or at least not nearly as often as I should. I become comfortable and complacent with things as they are. I am more focused on playing a game on my phone or  checking my Facebook feed than I am on gaining the spiritual strength I desperately need. 

I suspect that’s why so many of those who reached out to the savior were those with physical maladies. They understood a need for healing, both physically and spiritually. They therefore were able to fervently reach out to him. When we are comfortable, we become complacent and fail to reach out to him and be healed.

We all need to pray for the mighty change of of heart so that gaining his power is our deepest desire.