Thursday, October 8, 2015

D&C 130:6-7 -- On God, Time, and Butterflies

"The angels do not reside on a planet like this earth;
But they reside in the presence of God, on a globe like a sea of glass and fire, where all things for their glory are manifest, past, present, and future, and are continually before the Lord."
Doctrine and Covenants 130:6-7

The whole time thing is interesting.  This verse tells us that past present and future are all continually before the Lord.  Alma 40:8 says "all is as one day with God, and time only is measured unto men."  Revelation 10:6 says that "there should be time no longer" ... I'm guessing time no longer for us, since the implication of the other verses is that God can see it all, and isn't bound by it.
There's an interesting story that Ray Bradbury wrote in 1952 about time travel called "A Sound of Thunder."  In the story, a group of hunters goes into the past to shoot a dinosaur.  The whole thing was well planned and the timing was perfect.  The dinosaur was about to die anyway, and so the hunt wouldn't cause anything in the past to change.  But the hunter freaks out, wanders off the path, and ends up stepping on a butterfly.  When they go back to the future, the destruction of that one butterfly has upset the future and caused massive tragedy.
In our lives, hopefully our futures are not as fragile as the world in Bradbury's story, but the idea that small things can turn into big things is supported by Alma 37:6: "by small and simple things are great things brought to pass."  The small things that we do every day, over time can turn into great, amazing things.  And the reverse is unfortunately also true.  The mistakes we make, if we continue to make them and follow that path, can ruin our lives.
How do we know what will help us or hurt us in the far future while we are still here in the present?  I'm glad you asked. :)  God can see all of it, and he can help us know what effect our actions are going to have on our future.  He can warn us and guide us, and if we listen to him and obey his commandments, then the small good things that he encourages us to do will become great, amazing, exciting futures for each of us... and we can avoid stepping on our own proverbial spiritual butterflies, and thus avoid the large meltdowns in the future that they could cause.
Today, let's turn to God, who can see everything, to guide us on our path.

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