Tuesday, September 11, 2012

God's Way/My Way

I know it is tempting sometimes to want to make all of our decisions alone ["My Own Way"] It is interesting though, that the picture depicting  two signs," God's Way" and "My Own Way" are perpendicular signs, not parallel. One denotes pride and the other humility.

Now we don't consciously WANT to do everything alone. We think we know what is best and what we want. There are times when  we don't want anyone getting in the way to tell us different because we know. We forget to turn to the Lord and rely on Him.  In that case, we are doing it alone, or our own way.

I have personally been reminded several times, to rely on the Lord. Which leaves me with the same "a-ha" moment:  "oh, YA!"  It is so easy to forget that there is someone who knows better and more, and we should rely on His wisdom more than our own.

God is our Father in Heaven and has known us before we were born for an infinite amount of time.  Think about that for a moment.  OK here is the next principle:  our Savior Jesus Christ, Atoned for our sins, our pains and sufferings of life. He also knows what it feels like to be us, and what we experience. He has felt it.
 In Doctrine and Covenants 38:1-2  it describes how God has the whole picture before Him at once.  He sees the whole picture from the beginning to the end and knows how to succor us, lead and guide us for our greatest happiness.
1 Thus saith the Lord your God, even Jesus Christ, the Great aI Am, Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the same which looked upon the wide expanse of eternity, and all the seraphic hosts of heaven, before the world was made.
2 The same which knoweth all things, for all things are present before mine eyes;
God knows all. Sees all.  All at once. This can be difficult for our mortal brains to understand.  'All things are present before His eyes.'   He sees our pre-mortal past, our earthly past, the present, and our future in one view. AND He can do this  without ever touching our free agency to choose.  Mind boggling isn't it!
Let's use this description taught to me by a friend: 
God is standing on top of a mountain where He can see endlessly in all directions. From where He is standing, He has the whole view before Him at once. He sees the past, the present, and the future.
We, on the other hand are at the bottom of the mountain  where all we see is what is directly in front of our eyes:  the rocks, the trees, and part of the pathway.  Our view is extremely limited! 
Sometimes this theory plays tricks with my mind and I get mind boggled over it!  But I know it is true.
The Lord has the whole picture.  He knows us, knows what we are going through, and will go through.  If we turn to Him, and choose His way, He will write a story for our lives that is better than anything we could ever come up with on our own.