Thursday, September 22, 2011

The Lord reveals when we think He might conceal

11 Thus I, Abraham, talked with the Lord, face to face, as one man talketh with another; and he told me of the works which his hands had made;
12 And he said unto me: My son, my son (and his hand was stretched out), behold I will show you all these. And he put his hand upon mine eyes, and I saw those things which his hands had made, which were many; and they multiplied before mine eyes, and I could not see the end thereof. (Abraham 3:11-12)
I was thinking about that simple gesture of the Lord’s when He puts His hands upon Abraham’s eyes. It is fascinating that when a mortal puts their hand on your eyes, you can’t see, but when the Lord puts His hand over your eyes, you can see. But not only can you see, but you can see so much more, and not just “more,” but everything those hands made. God Himself becomes the lens by which to see the universe.

Sometimes I feel like I have that lens, but at the same time I still wish I could see what Abraham saw.

These days I’ve been praying that the Lord will open my eyes to better understand the scriptures. I sense that there is so much more there that I am just not getting because my mind can only hold so much and can only make so many associations. All I'm doing is analyzing phrases and words and trying to fit them into this big picture of gospel principles.

But maybe it is this line upon line learning that is gradually preparing me for the greater things that I’ll only be able to notice after having seen the smaller units. So maybe this is another sense in which it seems like the Lord is concealing, but He is actually revealing.


Ramona Gordy said...

What would happen if in answers to your prayer for more understanding,and more insight,it would be given in a different format.Could you receive it?
How can we prepare for this outpouring?With fasting and heartfelt prayer. We are worthy to receive this information.I feel as you do. I love the awesomeness of it all. I would like to be a vessel that would be filled to overflowing, because that is what it will be like, to receive a deeper understanding.
Could the placing of God's hands on Moses's eyes be an Urim and Thummin reference.

Michaela Stephens said...

Good point, RGG; answers might come in a different form than I expect. I'll have to keep alert to that.

Associating the Urim and Thummim with this story is certainly an intriguing idea.