Tag Archive | Sunday

Gone too Far

I had an eventful Sunday.  The power transformer next our church building blew and caught fire.  The fire department was just down the street and everything was under control quickly.  We did evacuate the building for safety reasons, but no one was hurt.  Really it was no big deal.

It used to be that people would blame God if their houses were struck by lightning or burned down.  As we have come to better understand how the elements work together we understand that there are things that we can do to mitigate some of the effects of the elements.  As we have become more prosperous we have the resources to provide disaster services to our communities.  We understand that there is no need to assume that it is only God is punishing us when things do happen.  However, perhaps we have gone too far.  When we are able to prevent disaster we congratulate ourselves.  Instead I believe we have even more reason to thank God for the understanding and resources we have that allow us to prevent so much damage.  We have the unfortunate tendencies to blame God for the ills of life, but turn around and congratulate ourselves for our understanding of how to mitigate them.  We forget that He has given us the understanding, and we need to thank him constantly for the benefits we receive.

 

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Chance and Luck

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Thomas S. Monson in his office in Salt Lake Ci...

One of the things I have always wondered about, is how do you know if something is chance, luck, or answer to prayer.

Pres. Thomas S. Monson answered this so very clearly in Conference this last Sunday.  A few quotes from his talk included “was it chance that our paths crossed . . . I do not for one moment believe so . . .I believe it was an answer to . . . prayer” and  “The Lord is in the details of our lives.”  “Like many other things in our lives, it seemed to be something that just worked out.”  “Luck, I don’t think so.”  If you have an extra 20 minutes, the entire talk can be watched below.  To listen to just the final story you can start at about 15 minutes in.

http://www.lds.org/general-conference/watch/2012/10?lang=eng&vid=1884883632001&cid=11

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Did “True Love” die with Miracles?

Paolo Uccello's depiction of Saint George and ...

Paolo Uccello’s depiction of Saint George and the dragon,

Just have yesterday and today to document.

Today wasn’t all that exciting.  Paid bills, and boring stuff.  I’ll recognize that it was pretty cool that I didn’t accidentally miss my DH coming home early as I was leaving to run errands, and we were able to plan the rest of the week together.  Just coincidence though.

 

 

Sunday was also uneventful, but the closest thing to a miracle was some husband/wife time alone together despite the seven kids.  Not overly appropriate to cover here, but it did remind me of a cool story from when we were dating that would be more appropriate here.

Our first “real kiss” was an experience to say the least.  We were a little twitterpated to begin with, but as he kissed me something happened that I can not describe.  I was absolutely overcome with an emotion that I had never experienced before, nor have I experienced it since.  I was completely overpowered with an emotion that caused me to start shaking and sobbing.  I couldn’t do anything but hold him close and sob.  This lasted for about an hour.

In my mind that night I decided that I could not describe, rationalize, or justify my response.  At the time I decided that he would probably be too nice to dump me right away, but to prepare myself for the inevitable.  The loss would be completely my fault.  For some odd reason we kept dating, we kept kissing, etc. and rather than realizing that he was not dumping me, I pushed the incident completely out of my mind.

Initially I thought that we just had some sort of crazy chemistry thing going on.  As I married him, matured, and had some better hindsight, I developed a different theory.  I think that it was a message for me that I had found the person I was supposed to marry.  You hear sappy, silly stories of the poor damsel in distress who is rescued by the prince, they kiss and “their fate is sealed” and they live happily ever after.  I’m the first person to say that that is silliness.  However, maybe part of it isn’t supposed to be.  Maybe in days gone by we were better at recognizing that there are messages for us from powers greater than our cell phones.  Maybe God does try to talk to us, maybe He does try to let us know who we are supposed to marry, but we are too stubborn to listen.  I know I was more than a little stubborn.

Anyhow, several months later, when I realized that he WAS a match for me, I began to pray that I would know for sure if I was supposed to marry him.  I was surprised that my answer was that I had already been told.  I think I was told many times along the way, I had just failed to notice each one.  The kiss was just the first answer that I had missed.

It beggs the question of just how many wonderful things we miss in the name of being logical, rational, and denying any potential divine intervention in our lives?