Monday, August 26, 2013

Doctrine and Covenants 42:48

"And again, it shall come to pass that he that hath faith in me to be healed, and is not appointed unto death, shall be healed."
Doctrine and Covenants 42:48

I think it is interesting that sometimes, even when we are doing *everything* right, and we have faith, the answer is still no.  I think sometimes that throws us.  We often think that if we do everything right, that we should get our way... isn't that the way the world works?  Follow the rules, then get the reward?  But really, it isn't.  Life is a lot more ambiguous than we want it to be, first of all, and also there is a lot that we don't understand about God's work and the way things "should" be.  We don't have the capacity to know that yet, which is one of the reasons that we need to trust God to know what needs to happen.  Even if it is hard, or terrifying, or tragic for us to watch things happen, and know that God could have stopped it.  Yes, he could.  He always can.  But he knows what has to be in the whole interconnected world.  He knows what has to be for our learning and benefit, and for the benefit of others.  And even if we think we know what is best or what God "should" have done, it still isn't we who know what we are talking about.  It's always God.  He has the perspective, the knowledge, and the capacity... and in the end, everything will work out.  It's like we're characters in a novel, and we are stopping here in the middle and cursing at the author: "NO!  It can't happen this way!  You aren't following the plot!" ... but of course, HE is the author, and he will still provide the happy ending for everyone, but there will be some twists along the way that maybe some of the characters (read: us) didn't anticipate.  Maybe those are the twists that turn us into heroes.  Who knows?  ... God does.
Today, let's remember that God loves us, and the end will work out, even if this chapter isn't exactly the way we expected it to be. :)

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