While in the temple yesterday waiting to do a session, I looked up to see this Carl Bloch painting on the wall to my right. In this depiction of the woman at the well (John 4), I was touched seeing the seated Savior looking up at the woman who is standing. For some reason, it appeared to me as though He was kneeling before her.
I then looked to my left and saw the painting of the Savior pleading on bended knee to the Father on our behalf in the Garden of Gethsemane (Matthew 26).
After seeing these two paintings, I was reminded the story of the Savior humbly washing the feet of His disciples (John 13).
Together, those three images taught me an important lesson.
The Savior was the greatest man to walk the earth. In Him is all knowledge and power; yet, He saw fit to kneel on our behalf continuously throughout His mortal sojourn. Our worth is so great in His sight that He descended below all things to give us the opportunity to become as He is. How can we ever despair when there is someone, even Jesus Christ, who loves us that much? What need have we to fear?
At that moment of understanding, the soft organ music in the background switched to the children's song, "I Feel My Savior's Love."
I feel my Savior's love
In all the world around me.
His Spirit warms my soul
Through ev'rything I see.
He knows I will follow him,
Give all my life to him.
I feel my Savior's love,
The love he freely gives me.
I felt His love surround me and knew that He was keenly aware of me. I needed that reassurance yesterday, and He knew that.
In today's world, it is so easy to doubt the Savior's miracles. People are convinced that human wisdom is responsible for the wonders of the world, especially as technology becomes more advanced. But the Spirit of the Lord sending us personal revelation unique to each of our lives is not something that can be replicated by man. It is not something that can be proven wrong by even the most intelligent mortal being. Feeling my Savior's love reminds me of His reality. And the more I turn to Him, the more I recognize it. Sometimes I long to immerse myself as fully in His service as I did on my mission, because it was there that I knew Him the very best and relied on Him the most. But since I cannot go back, I must seek Him daily so I can feel His love more frequently.
Because it is in His love that I have the power to do all things.