God in Us: Diversity of Operations and Differences in Administration.
For all have not every gift given unto them: for there are many gifts, and to every man is given a gift by the Spirit of God. To some is given one, and to some is given another, that all may be profited thereby. God “suits his mercies according to the conditions of the children of men”. D&C 46:11-16 Through His perfect omniscience, God is able to see each of His children as the center of The Narrative and has gifted each one a package that is very personally suited for the Journey.
This “being known” by God fills me with infinite joy and hope. The One who knows me surely and sees me clearly has gifted the tools for my successful travel. I can also be grateful for the tools that are not mine, but have been placed in the hands of others in order that I may profit thereby. There is beautiful variety in God’s work . . . a diversity of operations.
I am awed by our Creators who use means to bring about Their most significant objectives. God is willing to allow his plan for His children to come about through the hands and minds of mortals. He is a God of HR—His resource of choice, and He is willing to allow for agency and error . . . and so Our Lovely Deseret is a messy project and far from finished. Some builders of Zion, through tireless exertions and passionate concern have laid an invaluable foundation, however, the work continues to require the best blood. His and ours.
I am inspired by this declaration made by one from the early days of zion building, who gave hers and used His;
To look at our situation at this present time it would seem that Zion is all destroyed, but it is not so. The work of the Lord is on the march. The spirit of the Lord has rested upon me within a few months as it never did before, and although I have labored hard over the sick night and day yet communion with my heavenly Father has sweetened many hour of toil and acts. With courage bold let us stand putting our trust in the Lord which alone will disable the power of darkness to flee before us. Be of good cheer amidst opposition. Faint not on the way. I know the path is very narrow and straight for weary pilgrims like us and only here and there do we find a traveler to accompany us on our journey, but the Lord will conduct us safely to the end. ~Elizabeth Haven Barlow
I hope when you view this piece, you will stand in front of it and give yourself a moment to wander through it. I hope you will find beauty in and interest in the many competing and complimentary colors and textures. Your eye might stop and rest thoughtfully on an irregularity or imperfection that creates ideas or questions or feelings and I hope you will want to interact with it, running your fingers across the varied surface with its cracks and holes. I hope that as you give yourself this experience, you will find that your eye repeatedly comes to the center, that small circle surrounded by so much “else”.
I hope that your life will also be full and rich and beautiful and varied and imperfect and textured, that you will appreciate the many parts and engage deeply, that your experiences will create ideas, and questions and feelings. . . And that you will, in all your extendings, be drawn repeatedly to a powerful center.