I was heartbroken that EFY didn’t work out this year. I am still not completely over it. But now as I end my spring at home and begin my summer back at BYU, I think I can see why the Lord had me come home for this short season.
My sister and I haven’t been close for the last couple years. She wears awesome thrift store dresses; I wear T-shirts and jeans. She listens to 80s records and underground bands; I love the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. She devours the works of Henry David Thoreau and Kurt Vonnegut, while I am content read “Little Women” over and over and over again. Yup, we've definitely had our differences.
Yet in the last 8 weeks, everything has changed.
When I came home for the Spring, Megan was ready and excited to spend time with me. And I was ready to do the same with her. We have both had personal issues to work out over the years that limited what we could give to each other. But now that we had each been strengthened and humbled, we recognized how much we had to learn from one another.
I am amazed at how much my sister has sacrificed for me. Whenever we’d drive together, instead of putting in her iPod like she did a couple years ago, she would let me pick the soundtrack. When I bought tickets to the midnight premiere of Toy Story 3, she agreed to go along with us even though all her friends were planning to go as well. When she could have been working or playing with her friends she took time off to spend time with me and the rest of her family. Some of her friends are annoyed that she hasn’t been with them as much, but I hope she finds comfort knowing that her sacrifice brings tears to my eyes. She has grown and matured so much; I am proud of the young woman she has become and look forward to watch her continue to grow into a woman of God.
If I had had my way, I would have spent this spring doing fabulous things to serve other youth, leading inspiring devotionals, being a good example, changing the kids’ lives. But Heavenly Father knew that at this moment, the youth I needed to serve was my dear sister.
How grateful I am for the Lord's influence in my life that has brought me to this beautiful relationship with my sister!