About three years ago, I lost my keys at the park.
I was locked out with two kids during lunch/nap time.
I knelt down and prayed. Got up, looked for two hours, and still didn’t find my keys.
The next day, after locking the house up and getting the kids in the car, I lost my husband’s keys—the only other set.
Kids were losing it.
I was losing it.
I told my husband he would have to walk home and I knelt down and prayed again. Thirty minutes later, I found his keys (in the door of the car 🤦🏻♀️🤦🏻♀️🤦🏻♀️).
Then, minutes later, my husband came walking down the street with my keys in his hand. He had found them on his walk home when he took a shortcut through the park.
That experience, as small and silly as it sounds, taught me a lot about God. I would have never found that first set of keys if I hadn’t lost the second set.
I thought of that story as I read about Joseph Smith’s childhood.
Joseph Smith’s family moved eight times in ten years.
Joseph Senior’s store venture failed.
Profits from investing were stolen by a dishonest business man and they sold their farm to make ends meet, renting from family.
All nine of their children contracted typhoid fever in Lebanon, New Hampshire.
They had three years of unsuccessful crops in Vermont.
Year after year, place after place, they faced uprooting and failure.
And then they ended up in Palmyra, New York. Exactly where the Lord needed them to be.
Steve Jobs once said “You cannot connect the dots looking forward. You can only connect them looking backward. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future.”
God has connected all the dots.
So when the dots don’t seem to connect,
And don’t give up.
Eventually, all the dots will connect.
Source: Early struggles of the Smith family by Curtis Ashton
You cannot connect the dots looking forward. You can only connect them looking backward. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future.STEVE JOBS
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