Life Is Like A Box of Chocolates
Why the lame line from Forrest Gump?
Call it cliche, but I do find that life is like a Box of chocolates, except I never got the saying because don’t you buy candy knowing what you’re going to get? Maybe its just my generation I don’t know. Today (which is a Sunday) started off very weirdly. I was feeling a certain sort of way which I know was bad, and when you’re trying to be in church while you’re not in good head space is even worse to me.
Understanding the Thought of God Toward Us
Sometimes before a few months ago, I watched a talk after hearing it discussed in Priesthood called “Has The Day of Miracles Ceased.” by Elder Donald L. Hallstrom of the seventy. I loved this talk, but after hearing another awesome talk in the church I went upstairs before it was time to do my calling and opened up the scriptures app and read this talk again.
This Story Kinda Shocked Me In A Good Way
Something lept off the pages as I read it, a story where Elder Bednar visited a young man who asked for a priesthood blessing and had the weirdest question for the young man.
“If it is the will of our Heavenly Father that you are transferred by death in your youth to the spirit world to continue your ministry, do you have the faith to submit to His will and not be healed?”
Wow, what a question to pose to someone young in the prime of their lives. By the words used it sounds like this man might have been a missionary at the time, and to have an apostle of the Lord ask that sort of question. But then what Elder Hallstrom said next said the following.
Do we have the faith “not [to] be healed” from our earthly afflictions so we might be healed eternally?
What a question even to pose to me right now because I have many earthly afflictions. And I had just talked to a friend of how I felt the Lord was unfair, or how I felt some people got a pass in life and others had to deal with the roughest time in life. I had the whole woe is me routine and I can’t believe how I was thinking or acting.
Luke 9:23-24 States – “And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it.”
Understanding God’s Thought are Impossible With Finite Minds.
When I thought about the verses from this talk and these verses from Luke, it helped me realize that God is God and does not only what he pleases but what is best for all of us. And not what we feel is best for this short existence on earth called our mortal probation, but what is best for the long haul for our spirits. The more we understand that God only wants what is Good for us, then we will understand what he really meant in Jeremiah.
“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.” (Jeremiah 29:11)
God Never Promised We’d Understand Everything Now
Nowhere in that verse did it claim we would understand for ourselves the thoughts God has for us. Only his motivations behind the thoughts, we can be sure of that. One day we will understand everything, and we will see things clearly. But I think this verse makes it clear how we see things now and how we will one day.
“For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.” (1 Cor 13:12) [KJV]