Thursday, March 28, 2019

Mark 14:12-16 -- On Predictions and Perspective

"And the first day of unleavened bread, when they killed the passover, his disciples said unto him, Where wilt thou that we go and prepare that thou mayest eat the passover?
And he sendeth forth two of his disciples, and saith unto them, Go ye into the city, and there shall meet you a man bearing a pitcher of water: follow him.
And wheresoever he shall go in, say ye to the goodman of the house, The Master saith, Where is the guestchamber, where I shall eat the passover with my disciples?
And he will shew you a large upper room furnished and prepared: there make ready for us.
And his disciples went forth, and came into the city, and found as he had said unto them: and they made ready the passover."
Mark 14:12-16

In the scriptures so many miraculous things seem totally normal, but I was imagining if this was me, and I was just supposed to follow some random person and then ask for a place to have a meal... I mean, of course if God asks it, you do it, but it might be sort of intimidating, right?  And I think that is a mental block that we have sometimes.  We think that God is somehow going to fit into our comfort zone, our way of thinking, or even our ethical guidelines.  I mean, as long as some of our beliefs are based on God's commandments, that is pretty safe, but we go way too far sometimes thinking that God shares our political bias or our way of looking at people who are different than we are.

God doesn't work within our limitations, which are often self-imposed, and that makes him seem both miraculous and horrible to us at different times.  We love that he can control the elements, but wonder at the idea of God killing or asking others to kill.  I think that is one of the reasons the story of Nephi and Laban is so early in the Book of Mormon... to get across the idea that God is working on a completely different level than we are, and what seems right or wrong to us might be completely different if we could see the whole picture rather than just the immediate effect.  Not even just the general timeline of the world, which is how God explains it to Nephi, but also the minute workings of every person on every day, as we see in today's scriptural excerpt.

Today, let's work on trusting God, no matter what he asks.  We might not be able to see the reason, but he can see everything, and he is leading us to good.

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