My favorite thing to look at as I ski are the contoured lines that make up the rigid edges of the mountains. I can’t help but notice how many different dissension lines there are running down all the peaks. This week I listened to the talk “Prayer and Promptings” by President Boyd K. Packer. He told a story about the faith of his small son, praying earnestly for their cow to get better from an impossible predicament (she had swallowed a wire and would die regardless). President Packer thought to himself that this would be a lesson for his son, that he can’t get anything just because he prays for it; but the cow healed and was soon alright.
How incredible is our God, that He does indeed grant our wants and desires when we ask Him. Like the lines on the mountains, I think of many different ways our Father in Heaven structures our lives. Lehi counseled Jacob, “thou knowest the greatness of God; and he shall consecrate thine afflictions for they gain” (2 Nephi 2:2). God has many decisions to make, yet knows perfectly the paths which are best for us to be directed to individually. Trough Nephi, the Lord commands us to ask the Father in all things before we act, and then records the the prophet Isaiah’s promise, “he will consecrate thy performance unto thee, that thy performance may be for the welfare of thy soul” (2 Nephi 32:9).
Although Heavenly Father has the capacity to discern which is best between all different paths for us, it’s easy for us, as mortals, to forget the simplicity of divine guidance and revelation. The words of Christ tell us all things we should do, but the Holy Ghost shows us all things we should do (2 Nephi 32:3-5). As we study the scriptures seriously, our emotions will follow with confirmation. All that is required is a firm trust in the Lord.