Sunday, November 6, 2016
Sunday Musing 35, The Way
Many years ago I heard a church speaker issue the challenge to prayerfully ask the Lord to tell you three things He would like you to improve upon. The speaker reminded us that most of us can easily make a list of our shortcomings and the ones we think we need to work on the most, but if we take this question to the Lord, the answer might be different. I felt deeply impressed that I should do this. I followed up and received an answer about one particular virtue I needed to practice more. I was very taken aback by the answer I received; it was not at all what I expected. I'm still working on this virtue. I didn't seek for anything else on the list; this seemed enough for the time.
I've been thinking about that experience again, and I feel the need to go on and get the next two things on the list. While prayerfully pondering this on my way to a concert last night, my mind kept focusing on a particular relationship in my life which needs strengthening. The more I thought about this, the more I felt that this is where I need to focus my energy now. But how? Where should I begin?
Shortly after I arrived at the concert a scripture began going through my head. It is John 14:6. Here is the verse and the one before it--John 14: Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way? 6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.".
Last night and this morning I have been wondering why this scripture has been in my head. What does this have to do with anything I have been studying? What does this have to do with my question? Then, not long ago this morning, I realized that it has everything to do with my question and the answer I received. One of the messages of the Book of Mormon is to "Come Unto Christ". That is what I need to do. The answers are there; Christ is the way. Christ is truth. Christ is the light for traveling the Way. So simple, and yet so profound.
The Lord wants us to come to Him, and He is ever waiting to communicate with us. His thoughts are not ours, and we might indeed be very impressed with what He thinks is most important for each of us. And so my quest begins...
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