Sometimes we get impatient when we think we are “doing everything right” and we still do not receive the blessings we desire. Enoch walked with God for 365 years before he and his people were translated. Three hundred and sixty-five years of striving to do everything right, and then it happened!
Elder Jeremy R. Jaggi, "Let Patience Have Her Perfect Work, and Count It All Joy!", General Conference, October 2020
That point about Enoch definitely puts things into perspective. I know that, often, I don't think about that. Especially when instant gratification has been ingrained in us. We, at least I do at times, want blessings now or tomorrow, or even next year.
How in the world is it possible to wait 365 years?? Even if the average life span was a bit longer than it is now, that's still a long time. And to have spent that time walking with God and STILL wait??
Granted, being translated is the ultimate goal. I'm sure Enoch received smaller blessings during that time. And we will too on our road to eternal life.
Three things I want to say about that 365 year long journey.
1. If it only took Enoch 365 years to get where he was translated, he was definitely traveling faster on the path than me. I'd be blessed if it took me twice as long, or longer (obviously including post mortality). I don't even know if the entire Millennium will be enough for me. 😁
2. Heavenly Father is blessing us now, even if we don't recognize it. It may be something we completely overlook or it may come in a way we didn't expect, or even want. Blessings come in strange ways sometimes. Strange to our mortal way of thinking anyway.
3. Enoch was 65 before he started walking with God. Does "walking" with God mean being active in the church and gospel in our finite way of thinking? If so, that's a case for it's never too late to start!
We may not knowingly be walking with God, but He is walking with us.