Last Wednesday our power suddenly and for no apparent reason turned off (while my dinner was in the microwave, mind you). It was then off for nearly 4 1/2 hours. It took my kids a few flicks of the light switch and begging to watch movies before they realized what exactly power is and what exactly it does for us every day. Once I got them in bed, Conner admitted that we had actually had a really fun night reading book after book with the help of Logan’s Lightning McQueen light, playing on my bed, and running around in the dark.
Today I held a Relief Society Activity meeting to plan our upcoming activity. After we finished all of our business, we got to talking about what the heck is happening with me and Dave and the job business. I was telling them that I just wish I knew what we were supposed to do, or that we would get some sort of sign that would help us know we were doing the right thing. My good friend mentioned Elder Bednar’s talk from General Conference and I thought it was super appropriate and reminded me of that night without any lights. This is the part I like:
“The first experience occurred as we entered a dark room and turned on a light switch. Remember how in an instant a bright flood of illumination filled the room and caused the darkness to disappear. What previously had been unseen and uncertain became clear and recognizable. This experience was characterized by immediate and intense recognition of light.
The second experience took place as we watched night turn into morning. Do you recall the slow and almost imperceptible increase in light on the horizon? In contrast to turning on a light in a dark room, the light from the rising sun did not immediately burst forth. Rather, gradually and steadily the intensity of the light increased, and the darkness of night was replaced by the radiance of morning. Eventually, the sun did dawn over the skyline. But the visual evidence of the sun’s impending arrival was apparent hours before the sun actually appeared over the horizon. This experience was characterized by subtle and gradual discernment of light.
From these two ordinary experiences with light, we can learn much about the spirit of revelation.
As you appropriately seek for and apply unto the spirit of revelation, I promise you will ‘walk in the light of the Lord.’ Sometimes the spirit of revelation will operate immediately and intensely, other times subtly and gradually, and often so delicately you may not even consciously recognize it. But regardless of the pattern whereby this blessing is received, the light it provides will illuminate and enlarge your soul, enlighten your understanding, and direct and protect you and your family.”
Just reminded me that I need to take a step back and look for the little signs all along the way, rather than focusing on some big lightning bolt moment. Oh and speaking of light. Guess what Conner & cousin MaKenna discovered and spent hours doing on Sunday? The Light Brite!! Aren’t vintage toys the best?