Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Ether 2:23-25 -- On Making Crazy Plans

"And the Lord said unto the brother of Jared: What will ye that I should do that ye may have light in your vessels? For behold, ye cannot have windows, for they will be dashed in pieces; neither shall ye take fire with you, for ye shall not go by the light of fire.
For behold, ye shall be as a whale in the midst of the sea; for the mountain waves shall dash upon you. Nevertheless, I will bring you up again out of the depths of the sea; for the winds have gone forth out of my mouth, and also the rains and the floods have I sent forth.
And behold, I prepare you against these things; for ye cannot cross this great deep save I prepare you against the waves of the sea, and the winds which have gone forth, and the floods which shall come. Therefore what will ye that I should prepare for you that ye may have light when ye are swallowed up in the depths of the sea?"
Ether 2:23-25

This are some really interesting verses, because the Lord is asking the brother of Jared to figure something out that was basically impossible.  Jared wanted light in the barges, and God says, okay, what would you like me to do?  You can't have windows, and fire won't work... so, what is your plan?  And I think that most of us as that point might look down, shuffle our feet, and say, okay... we have to travel in the dark.  Darn it.  But God gives the brother of Jared a hint, and asks him what he, God, can prepare for him.  Hmm... God can prepare something that will work?  Hmm... and he comes up with a plan, and he asks God about it, and God does it.  A light source that we don't even have now with our further technological achievements.  And I wonder, if we trusted God more, and had more faith, how different our lives would be.  How many dead ends would turn into gateways, and how many impossibilities would we find out aren't so impossible after all?
Today, let's try to see past the walls we've built in our minds where we dismiss a lot of our creative thoughts as crazy or stupid.  Let's sit down and plan with God a way to get from here to our promised land WITH light. :)  And let's come up with something... and even if it sounds crazy, let's take it to God.  As we have faith and work with him, he'll help us see the flaws, help us see further possibilities, and help us to reach the goals that we set with him... without having to sit in darkness during the journey.  He loves us so much, and he *wants* to work with us to help us reach new heights and be more amazing.  Let's go for it.

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