on wildernesses

A few days ago I read in Ether,

“And it came to pass that the Lord commanded them that they should go forth into the wilderness, yea, into that quarter where there never had man been. And it came to pass that the Lord did go before them, and did talk with them as He stood in a cloud, and gave directions whither they should travel.”

Ether 2:5

The “they” that God commanded to go is a “they” that we can each be included in, and the “wilderness” has meanings even more infinite to explore. The Jaredites were commanded to literally pick up and leave, and on occasion that may happen to us, too, but that command to go forth to the wilderness can be representative of so much more, like

the process of entering mortality

receiving a mission call

the unknowns and intimidations that are returning home from the celestiality of the mission to the lives we thought we’d known

trials of all sizes and forms

As in the case of the Jaredites, there are times when the wilderness is a place that we have no choice but to tread through.

But I know that no matter whose doing it was that caused us to be in some wilderness, what was true for the Jaredites is true for us, too. No matter how far out the adventure takes us, even if it is further than we ever knew it could be, rest assured that the Lord has already mapped it out, and is never too busy to oversee us and direct us on our way.

That said, do note He was in a cloud, and it might feel that way for us, too. But no distance is too great or too hazy that our heavenly family cannot span it.

aloha, Aubrey


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