Sunday, July 17, 2011
He's In The Details.
It still amazing me, how our Heavenly Father is so much in the details of our lives. Sometimes I think that I as this one little person, who's life is rather bland, but when it comes to having to make large, life altering decisions, I become so much more aware that to Heavenly Father I am important. It bypasses my understanding how He can be so involved in the very minor details of my life, yet have so many other people that He is aware of also. I blogged about feeling that change was coming my way back in January. I knew this was coming, not because I wanted it, but because I was being prepared for something different, better maybe. I met someone in March who came along when I totally least expected it in a way that I never would have ever intended, who lives in a state that I never imagined I would live in. Things began to really feel unsettling here in Charlotte in May. It was the first Sunday in May that someone in RS quoted Elder Bednar from April Conference that hit me hard. He said," In many of the uncertainties and challenges we encounter in our lives, God requires us to do our best, to act and not be acted upon, and to trust in Him. We may not see angles, hear heavenly voices, or receive overwhelming spiritual impressions. We frequently may press forward hoping and praying-but without absolute assureance-that we are acting in accordance with God's will. But as we honor our covenants and keep the commandments, as we strive ever more consistently to do good and to become better, we can walk with confidence that God will guide our steps. And we can speak with the assurance that God will inspire our utterances." And finally the middle of June I realized I had done what I was sent to do here in Charlotte. It became clear as day for me that it was time for me to experience something different as I read from Ether 2:5-6 "And it came to pass that the Lord commanded them that they should go forth into the wilderness, yea, into that quarter where there never had man been. And it came to pass that the Lord did go before them, and did talk with them as he stood in a cloud, and gave directions whither they should travel. And it came to pass that they did travel in the wilderness, and did build barges, in which they did cross many waters, being directed continually by the hand of the Lord." I realized after reading this that if the Lord could direct these people that he can direct me too in making life altering decisions. It is amazing to me how things have unfolded, rather quickly. Someone quit their job the same time that I decided it was time to quit mine. Someone prayed for me and my skills, as I prayed for the right job. I don't think any of this is just a coincidence. I know it is Heavenly Father's plan for simple, little me. Just before going to MT I read the following quote's from April General Conference that have helped me in this decision. "I hope each of us will search our hearts to determine what we really desire and how we rank our most important desires. Desires dictate our priorities, priorities shape our choices, and choices determine our actions. The desires we act on determine our changing, our achieving, and our becoming." Dallin H. Oaks. And Elder Samuelson said, "Everyone has worth because we are all children of God. he knows us, loves us, and wants us to succeed and return to Him. We must learn to trust in His love and in His timing rather than in our own sometimes impatient and imperfect desires. We need to remember that a fundamental purpose of life is to be tested and stretched, and thus we must learn to grow from our challenges and be grateful for the lessons learned that we cannot gain in an easier way. We must learn to trust the things that we believe in or know to sustain us in our times of uncertainty or with issues where we struggle." And when I was on the plane heading back from MT I read the following from President Uchtdorf he quoted President Kimball, "God does notice us, and he watches over us. But it is usually through another person that he meets our needs. Therefore, it is vital that we serve each other." He then say's, "Often, the answer to our prayer does not come while we're on our knees but while we're on our feet serving the Lord and serving those around us. Selfless acts of service and consecration refine our spirits, remove the scales from our spiritual eyes, and open the windows of heaven. By becomeing the answer to someone's prayer, we often find the answer to our own." I believe that I knew this was the job for me even before I went out to MT, as I was there I knew it was the right one, and as I'm about to accept the position, I know with out any doubt that something wonderful and great is about to happen!