“Don’t look for new landscapes, use new eyes to see what is already there.”

art by hymalayah

One day, I was out on a walk with my sons. We saw a crow swoop down on a robin in its nest. The robin quickly flew away. I watched the crow eat the robin’s eggs and fly away. As the mother robin flew back to her empty nest, the Spirit whispered to me, 

“Some things are worth fighting for.”

It was exactly what I needed to hear at that moment. To not give up the fight. To keep going—because what I was going through was worth it. And God whispered it to me through an experience with robin and a crow.

I remember another time, my one and a half year old was standing on the step by the door, crying. He couldn’t get the door open. The problem was, I couldn’t get the door open either. He was standing too close and the door opened outward, so I would knock him down if I opened it. I told him to step back just one step, but he didn’t understand that moving back a step would actually help him progress forward. Stubbornly, he stayed on that step and cried.

And as I watched my son not understand and struggle, I realized God was doing the same thing to me. I was frustrated, feeling like my progress was being impeded, but I just needed to trust God, take a step back, and doors would open.

God teaches us through the experiences around us all the time.

I love how he taught an important truth to Jeremiah by telling him “Go to the potter’s house and hear the word of the Lord.” (Jeremiah 18)

As Elder Caussé said, “Don’t look for new landscapes, use new eyes to see what is already there.”

When you have eyes to see and ears to hear—

What you will find is God.

When have you learned God’s will or heard His voice through an every day experience?

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