Oh, I know it’s been a while [again!] but you wouldn’t want to post anything either if you had a place called Weighing Matters, and every single time you tried to lose a pound or two, you gained three or four. Or five!!! You wouldn’t want to call attention to yourself or to the fact that you should, seriously, re-name your blog something like “What the Cow. I’ve Tried Everything and Nothing Works!”
So I’m just going to write about something entirely different. My lesson!
At first I wasn’t thrilled AT ALL about teaching from this Conference Talk. I didn’t know the definition of pavilion in this context and it was kind of depressing and sappy all rolled into one. I thought it was also a little melodramatic. So, I had to re-read it a couple of times and actually listen to the talk itself to get a better attitude about it. And now I am loving President Eyring and his message. And, I am knowing exactly why moi am teaching it this month. Sheesh! For obvious!
[“Moi am” sounds a little off right there . . .]
I did figure out that he is using the term pavilion to mean a divider between us and God. It’s a man-made, self-imposed barrier of sorts that keeps us from hearing, feeling, receiving help from our Heavenly Father. Um, been there! Doing that! Right now. Hello!
I don’t know when was the last time I prayed. I don’t know when was the last time I felt like turning to Him to tell him how I’ve been feeling lately. I don’t know when I have felt so miserable about a situation at work. I don’t know how long I would have been stuck here if it hadn’t been for this lesson.
President Eyring explains. “He says many of us, in moments of personal anguish, feel abandoned by God.” [I certainly have.] But the pavilion that seems to intercept or block any kind of divine aid does not ever cover God. Ever. It may occasionally cover us!”
“God is never, ever, ever, hidden, but sometimes we are. Sometimes we are covered by a pavilion that makes us feel as though God is distant and inaccessible. But understand this: God is never unable to see us or communicate with us, even though we may be unwilling to listen or submit to His will and His timing.”
So there is the pavilion. It is a self-made structure, which limits the communication we have with our Heavenly Father. And, let there be no doubt about it: it is always our own doing. [AND our own UNdoing!]
I totally love this! I want to know this for the rest of my life!
I have learned that Heavenly Father is always, always, always, always, always, always, always there. And I’ve learned that he knows how things are right now — with me — and knows exactly what I needed to get from there to here.