"A man filled with the love of God is not content with blessing his family alone, but ranges through the whole world, anxious to bless the whole human race." Joseph Smith

Monday, February 20, 2017

Seekers in the Lord's Kingdom

The eye is an amazing organ.  It can focus on things near or far, small or large.  Most people have within their eye little bands or squiggly clearish threads that float around.  Perhaps you have noticed them as they move around depending on your own eye movement.  These are called “floaters”.  You may go years before you notice them, but once you first notice them, they can be all you think about – what are they, how did they get there, are they obscuring my vision? After awhile you begin to forget about them until the day comes when you don’t even remember that they are there. They are ever present, but because you are not focusing on them, your eye virtually “sees through them”. 

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The Savior taught The Light of the body is the eye. If therefore, thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.

It seems that when we focus on the things of God, that which would obscure our path gives way and we can see more clearly the bigger picture that God has for us.  Our minds, too, learn to “pay no heed” to the challenges surrounding us as we remain fixed on the Savior.  Truly, when we love God with all our heart, soul and mind and put him first in our lives, our eyes are single and our whole body is full of light.

The Savior admonishes us, “But seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you.”

While in Thailand to attend a wheelchair distribution on our previous mission, our van sped along the road, passing beautiful fields of velvety, green rice paddies.  I was determined to get a clear picture of the beautiful scene, even from inside the moving van.  Yet as I took picture after picture, I was irritated to find the image in my camera was obscured by rows of blurry trees. 
Where had those trees come from?  They were not there when I took the picture! 

Then I looked up at the scene again – and sure enough, lining both sides of the highway were rows of small trees.  I had not seen them before.  I had not even noticed them. Not until I took the picture which focused on what was closest did I notice them.

"…when we choose not to focus on what is missing from our lives but are grateful for the abundance that’s present….the wasteland of illusion falls away and we experience heaven on earth.”      Sarah Ban Breathnach


So it is with life.  

If we look too closely our vision is obscured.... but when we pull back a little.....

...when we pull back and look at things from an eternal perspective, we realize we are basking in a beautiful garden.

Quoting a well-known author, President Monson said,

“Both abundance and lack [of abundance] exist simultaneously in our lives, as parallel realities. It is always our conscious choice which secret garden we will tend … when we choose not to focus on what is missing from our lives but are grateful for the abundance that’s present—love, health, family, friends, work, the joys of nature, and personal pursuits that bring us [happiness]—the wasteland of illusion falls away and we experience heaven on earth.”

May we all be seekers in the Lord’s kingdom,
 paying no heed to the obstacles,
and watch the miracles unfold before our view.


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