About Jumping off the Cliff

September 19, 2017

 

 

Sometimes, you drive across the misty roads of Maine and the Autumn leaves are falling. You’ve got your best friend next to you, pointing out the prettiest farmhouses you’ve ever seen. Your three pretty babies are napping in the backseat of the pickup truck that holds almost all your worldly possessions, and even the mossy cemetery you pass looks full of possibilities.

 

It’s been 8 weeks, 8,094 miles, and 19 states ago that you were standing on the edge of the cliff, with a heart full of dreams, wondering if you really trusted Heavenly Father enough to jump.

 

And He said: “Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee—

 

Then said I, ‘Ah, Lord God! Behold, I cannot speak: for I am a child—

 

But the Lord said unto me, ‘Say not I am a child; for thou shalt go to all that I shall send thee…Be not afraid…” (Jeremiah 1:5-8).

 

So you jumped, and landed in a place where “the things of a better [world]” (D&C 25:10) exist. It is just beyond the sphere of money and mortgages and automatic transfers, “where dreams are born and time is never planned” (Peter Pan; J.M. Barrie).

 

It is a place both beautiful and intimidating, where the words “I can do all things through Christ who strengtheneth me” (Philippians 4:13) become etched into your heart as you trade your fears for faith and learn firsthand that Heavenly Father has confidence in you. This is where He tells you to “Be still and know that [He] is God” (Psalm 46:10), and the place where you start to believe Him.  

 

In this new world, you realize that your Father in Heaven has great confidence in you and your dreams, because He created you both. He is the one who inspires your search for a better life—one that is fueled by eternal principles rather than worldly cares. So when you told Him your dreams and asked Him what you needed to do to make them come true, He said, “One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and…follow me” (Mark 10:21). So you did.

 

And now you begin to realize that “all” is even more than your house and your furniture—it also includes your fears, and your tendency to doubt, and your worries about what other people will think. But He’s gotten you this far so you keep listening and try to have as much confidence in Him as He has in you.

 

He runs an eternal world where there are no boundaries and He is training you to live in that world, too. So He inspires you to dream without boundaries and teaches you how to create a Celestial reality “line upon line, precept upon precept” (D&C 98;12). And when the “real world” questions come, as they always do, you trust Him enough to not have a “real world” answer.

 

Your time in this new world has made you wonder that when the scriptures ask “Why do ye set your heart upon riches?” (Mosiah 12:29), maybe it’s not only condemning the rich who won’t give to the poor, but also questioning the times when you are afraid to follow your heart because of your worries about money.

 

All the financial plans and insurance plans and retirement plans suddenly seem so fragile when you begin to replace them with the plan you are creating with Heavenly Father, where you pay with courage rather than money, and buy experiences rather than things. This is the plan that helps you become the master of your destiny, with the One who loves you most and the One who will never let you fail.

 

After all, He is the One that said: “And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: And yet I say unto you, that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.

 

Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field…shall he not much more cloth you, o ye of little faith? Therefore, take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? Or, What shall we drink? For your Heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.

 

But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Take therefore no thought for the morrow; for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself.” (Matthew 6:28-34).

 

So, you let yourself live day by day and you feel the Lord’s hand holding yours with each step. And it’s that feeling of His hand in yours that gives you the strength to “Keep loving. Keep trying. Keep believing. Keep growing [because] Heaven is cheering you on today, tomorrow, and forever” (Jeffrey R. Holland; Tomorrow the Lord Will do Wonders among You, LDS General Conference, April 2016).

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