The future plans God has for us are more grand and glorious that anything we can imagine. They include mansions and thrones and power beyond belief. So when a child dies and our heart breaks for all the things unsaid and memories never made, we are crying because we can’t see. When everything seems lost, we must remember that Christ calmly gave up everything. His mission is to prepare us for the role we will play in his Heavenly Kingdom. Our job is to follow his direction and prepare even if life throws curve balls and we find ourselves being taught through suffering. There is a purpose to it all. We can’t see it, but He can. Every promise He has ever made will be fulfilled. We can count on that.
-from Andrea M, post “The Eternal Reality”
I wonder what God thinks of His children, us, sometimes. We know He thinks of us as children. He loves us and wants us to grow. In heaven, we were “nurtured near His side” (Eliza R Snow).
I look at my young children and laugh at the things they do as they’re learning and trying. I look at them with love and understanding and mercy. I love their innocence; their honesty. I know they will succeed eventually if they keep trying.
As my children grow, they will reach the period in their lives where they pull against me, testing out the limits of their freedom. They will have to take what I’ve taught them, evaluate it, and compare it to what they see in the world around them. Then in their hearts, they will choose what they believe. I fear for that time, because I know they could choose to walk a path that leads to heartache.
I think mortality is our spiritual adolescence. God taught us everything He possibly could, but there reached a point where we needed a place of freedom to test ourselves and find out what our hearts would choose. We couldn’t be tested in God’s presence, because who wouldn’t choose Him if they could see His glory and love all around? Life was devised as a Divine experiment, not for God, but for us.
We will succeed eventually if we keep trying, through the grace of God, our Father, and His Son, Jesus Christ.
Someday, (not now–after our mortal life), we will see ourselves the way God sees us (1 Samuel 16:7, D&C 76:94). Our bias will fall away, we’ll know our own hearts, and we’ll confess that His plan was perfect.