22 May 2014

Emmaus Walks

I have periods of time when I feel as if I am on my own
personal "road to Emmaus."
Surely I'm missing the answer, inspiration, 
direction, even miracle that is 
right in front of me.

While taking a walk recently in New Zealand with
my sister-in-law Ellen, this fantasy-like mushroom suddenly
appeared right in front of me.  I literally gasped, pointed,
and said "Is that real?" 
Because I have a ceramic mushroom in my yard
that looks just like this, I almost walked passed
it without really seeing it. My brain
at first simply registered "garden decor."

"And their eyes were opened, 
and they knew him...
And they said one to another,
Did not our heart burn within us,
while he talked with us by the way...?"
Even during my own Emmaus-like walks when
I feel like the obvious is anything but...
I know He is there.
"A bend in the road is not the end of the road."
And I know if I'll stay on the path,
my eyes, too, will be opened.
Yours will as well.

01 May 2014

"Trust In The Lord With All Thine Heart"

"Trust In The Lord With All Thine Heart"

I know that Heavenly Father has numberless creations.
I am one of them.
I also know that he has an individual plan for me
and for all those that I love.

Elder Neal A. Maxwell said:
When we say God has a plan, He truly 
has a plan...for each of us as
individuals.  That doesn't mean everything will
be easy on our road...

...The plan always points the way, but
does not always smooth the way.

How do we compare to God, and all of His creations?
I know that we are the reason He created the universe.

And as one earth shall pass away, and the heavens
thereof even so shall another come; and there 
is no end to my words.
For behold, this is my work and my glory---to bring
to pass the immortality and eternal life
of man. 
**Moses 1:38-39