Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Yet thou art there

This past week, in the midst of all that was going on, Matt took me aside for one moment and we looked at the moon with Jupiter and Venus so close. It was miraculous and beautiful, and reminded me of all there is beyond the here and now. It also caused me to reflect on the incomprehensible vastness of God's creations, of which I am one. It would be tempting to feel small and unimportant when pondering on all that He has created and is constantly creating...worlds without end. But what kept coming back to me was something that Enoch said to the Lord:
And were it possible that man could number the particles of the earth, yea, millions of earths like this, it would not be a beginning to the number of thy creations; and thy curtains are stretched out still; and yet thou art there, and thy bosom is there; and also thou art just; thou art merciful and kind forever.
-Moses 7:30


And yet thou art there.

The God of the Universe, the Creator of All, is there. Not only is He there, but He is just, and merciful, and kind forever. In that moment, I felt a distinct knowledge of His keen awareness and involvement in every moment of my life. Everything that is happening right now is happening out of His forever kindness for me, to help me grow and come closer to Him and to who I am supposed to be.

Elder Neal A. Maxwell said:
Considering what we are, compared with what we have the power to become, should give us great spiritual hope. Think of it this way. There are some very serene, blue lakes on this planet situated in cavities that once were red, belching volcanoes. Likewise, there are beautiful, green, tropical mountains formed from ancient, hot extrusions. The parallel transformation of humans is much more remarkable than all of that--much more beautiful and much more everlasting!

So it is, amid the vastness of His creations, God's shaping personalness is felt in the details of our lives--not only in the details of the galaxies and molecules but, much more importantly, in the details of our own lives. Somehow... God is providing these individual tutorials for us while, at the same time, He is overseeing cosmic funerals and births--as one earth passes away, so another is born. It is marvelous that He would attend to us so personally in the midst of those cosmic duties.

Are we willing, however, to be significantly remodeled, even by His loving hands?


4 comments:

Libby Olenslager said...

You are pretty much my hero! I absolutely love reading your inspiring blog! I love you!!

kannie said...

:-)

And did you take that gorgeous picture? Kiddo was so excited to learn about "planets" too, as we saw them - they're really transfixing...

Chani said...

Wow.

I remember sneaking out of the house at night when we lived in Colorado and watching the sky in the back yard. I felt so connected, so loved... I knew that I was a daughter of God, and I felt alive and special. It makes me wonder when I stopped looking up so much.

Thanks for the reminder.

Tara and Dan said...

Beautiful!