Monday, November 11, 2013

A random thought from Elder Maxwell

No real reason for this other than I like the quote and thought:
Thus, acknowledging God’s hand includes, in the words of the Prophet Joseph, trusting that God has made “ample provision” beforehand to achieve all His purposes, including His purposes in our lives (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, p. 220). Sometimes He clearly directs; other times it seems He merely permits some things to happen. Therefore, we will not always understand the role of God’s hand, but we know enough of his heart and mind to be submissive. Thus when we are perplexed and stressed, explanatory help is not always immediately forthcoming, but compensatory help will be. Thus our process of cognition gives way to our personal submission, as we experience those moments when we learn to “be still, and know that I am God” (Ps. 46:10).

From Neal A. Maxwell, "Swallowed Up in the Will of the Father," October 1995 General Conference


The Duke said...

Very profound and I fully believe this.

I've been reading a BYU Studies article about the revelation permitting the blacks to receive the priesthood by Edward Kimball (Pres. Kimball's son). Talk about needing to be sensitive to God's will. It's one of the most outstanding things I've ever read in my life and it really gave me pause to consider how the Lord does let us figure things out but He's always there.

Mike and Adrianne said...

I like this quote. Elder Maxwell has always spoken to me. I have read many of his books and talks and always come away with something new to think about. Thanks for sharing this.

Lokodi said...

Boy, that quote is exactly what I've been feeling lately. I've been wanting God to just come out and tell me what to do about this move and I've had to remind myself that it doesn't always work that way. Sometimes we just have to listen to the spirit, make a decision, and THEN take it to the Lord and "compensatory help" will be there.
By the way, we have decided to move to Fort Riley in January with Hans.