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May 13, 2021 - Every Minute Detail

Never fail daily to seek for help through prayer. And I promise you that the way will be easier and you shall have a composure of mind and a confident attitude toward life and the future. You shall be warned of dangers and shall be guided through the whisperings of the Holy Spirit.

Elder Boyd K. Packer, "The Word of Wisdom: The Principle and the Promises", General Conference, April 1996

Many times when I pray, I don't feel my prayers being answered. I think that I expect a grand vision, like the prophet Joseph Smith when he prayed. Or like Nephi, or Alma, or Wilford Woodruff, or others that we know about. For that is what we read, what we study, what we know. But what of even others that are so sacred, we haven't heard about them, nor should we?

I sometimes think to myself... well if the Lord considers the worth of a soul to be equal, how come His response to me is not equal?

Two things I am thinking about right now in regards to this. One, how do I know that the Lord is not answering me right now? Maybe it's not a huge event or a dream, but how do I know He isn't talking to me right now as I write this? Does it have to be grand or important enough before He's bothered to make an appearance, so to speak? Of course not. He is involved in every minute detail of our lives. We think that those details are insignificant at tines, but He never does.

Afterall, everything that is good comes from Him, right? So, is it fair to say that every good thought I have, or every productive act I do, or every positive thing that happens to me, is directly from Him? Or am I too vain, or caught up in selfish pride, to think that I need some glorious happening to know that God heard me. The question I need to ask is do I hear Him? Literally everything good in my life is because of Him. Not because it just happened to end up like that or by some coincidence. So, tell me that He isn't there.

The second thing I am thinking is that a testimony of God and Christ is not based on one singular, miraculous experience. A testimony is built from "little by little" experiences over time. And....if we look close enough and pay attention, those little by little experiences happen ALL the time. Every day. Sometimes every hour or even every second. Our Father is so immersed in our individual lives that it is us who don't notice how immersed He is or notice what's happening.

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