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3 Nephi 1:5
“But there were some who began to say that the time was past for the words to be fulfilled, which were spoken by Samuel, the Lamanite.”
Do I sometimes impose a timeline on God? Do I say to him: “Okay, if this happens by next Tuesday, I’ll know that is the answer to my prayer.”
Again, God knows the “big picture”. I am amazed when I look back and see how He has orchestrated people, places and events in my life. He seems to do a perfect job. I don’t think He needs my advice on timing. There could be many reasons why I don’t feel like I’m getting an answer to my prayer. It could be that I’m just not recognizing the answer. It could be that I’m not ready for the answer. The words of a dear friend ring in my ears when I think of praying for something and wanting the answer now. She said she’d prayed for several weeks for the comfort to come. She “knew it would, it was just a matter of time”. Then she had a spiritual experience that seemed totally unrelated. But through that experience she felt Heavenly Father’s love and trust in her. She knew He knew what she needed at that time.
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3 Nephi 1:4
“And it came to pass that in the commencement of the ninety and second year, behold, the prophecies of the prophets began to be fulfilled more fully; for there began to be greater signs and greater miracles wrought among the people.”
So the signs and miracles just kept increasing! “Signs” is such a broad term. I think the signs of the Savior’s 2nd coming may be similar to the signs of His first. What gets us thinking about God and Christ the most? Trials and tragedy certainly are the times when we pray more fervently; even if it is a simple “why?” These are the times when we are the most humble. Anger is one of the stages of grief. But hopefully we get through that stage without harboring bitterness. How many times have you heard about, or experienced yourself, the outpouring of love felt by those who have suffered a loss or are experiencing a severe illness? If we look to the Savior for solace, He freely gives it. So, to me, peace and love in the midst of death and tragedy are a sign of Jesus Christ. The ones who have died are safely in His arms. We are the ones who long for them. And it truly is a miracle when we can feel His love through all that grief. Death of a loved one, makes our world stand still. It has a way of making everything but our close relationships seem trivial. Maybe that’s because our relationships are the most important thing about this life. I’m guessing that if we focus on our relationships, we’ll see an increase in miracles in our own lives.
I saw this beautiful video on this subject. Ironically it is about the death of a relationship instead of the death of a person. But the miracle is the same.