Friday, January 23, 2009

Lessons of Guidance from Nephi

*As an introductory disclaimer, I'm not sure that the actual Nephi was this ripped (or cartoonish), but I figured most of you would enjoy it.

I think I've mentioned before that I've been reading in a copy of the original Book of Mormon. Here are some thoughts that I had this morning:

Nephi Finds Food (See the highlighted portion)

Isn’t this a tremendous example of “Seek and ye shall find, ask and it shall be given you, knock and it shall be opened unto you”? Nephi, in simple humility asks his father, “Where should I go to find food?” He is given, in my opinion, general guidance or instruction, “Go due east,” or perhaps, “Go to the mountain that is so many feet away,” and then he sought and as we read, he most certainly found. But what he found is so much more than simple sustenance for his family. In a very real manner, he found the path and way that all of us should also follow (as did the Son of Man), the path of faith, trust, and obedience, which lead him to promised provisions and survival. How often does the Lord give us the directions that we need but we simply disregard them, wandering in the mists of darkness and often toward the great and spacious building?


Steph said...

I love that! And it's so true that we usually pass by guidance, that could be so easy to see if we just listened, looked, and followed. I think a lot of times it's also easy to think that you should be getting a detailed answer, and I notice that for myself, a lot of times answers come really vaguely (or more like in a good feeling in answer to a decision that I WANT to make) and then when I pursue that course of action, or decision, I end up finding MANY more things than I ever thought could come from the first action or thought. The Lord certainly does lead when we follow.

Fletch said...

The real question is: Will the Lord help you find a Black Jack Pizza? I thnk so, but I think the Stone would say, NO!!!