One morning before school, my son had a melt down that, in the rush of getting him out the door, I didn’t feel that I handled correctly. It was a tricky situation though, and I didn’t really know what the right thing would have been.
Frustrated, I prayed after dropping him off, wanting to know what I could have done.
I got the answer, “you could have followed the prompting this morning to read your scriptures.”
And then I remembered—I had woken up a half hour earlier than usual and felt like I should read my scriptures, but instead had rolled over and gone back to sleep.
This is NOT me saying everyone should read their scriptures in the morning. But in that instance, that morning, that was my prompting, and I didn’t do it.
I don’t believe what followed was God punishing me for not following that prompting. But I do think there was light, knowledge, and blessings that I missed out on because I didn’t follow it—knowledge that could have helped me in that moment.
I thought about this experience as I read about Samson’s life. His potential is given by the angel: “for the child shall be a Nazarite unto God from the womb: and he shall begin to deliver Israel out of the hand of the Philistines”
Like Samson, we each have promptings, opportunities, gifts, and potential given to us by God. But ultimately, our daily choices determine what we access—
Like a flowing river of light and knowledge flowing past us, waiting for us to dip our teaspoon into.
“Blessings come not so much because of our abilities, but because of our choices.” (Dieter F Uchtdorf)
In everything we do, we are choosing a direction.
The beautiful thing is no matter where we find ourselves, Christ has been there and knows the way up.
When we “cry unto the Lord, the Lord raise[s] up a deliverer.”
He did it for the Israelites, and He will do it for us.