Friday, December 7, 2012

on the eternal perspective, no. 2

One time, when I was teaching in relief society about the creation, someone raised their hand and said, "When I think about how God created the earth, I think about how much patience it took."

I have no idea what question I asked that solicited that response. But, those words are always a relief to me. I never think of God as having to be patient, not with something like making an earth, a galaxy, etc.  I always imagine Him corralling dust and gasses—as if it's nothing. But maybe he was really excited? and maybe he wished the galaxy could just pop out of his brain? maybe he didn't want to wait for all the processes? the light, the dark? the water, then the land? did it seem like forever? the plants, the animals, then finally he got to work on humans, the adam, the eve, the story with the rib. But, maybe he just wanted to organize the animals before the land and the water phase? maybe he wanted everything to happen all at once. Why wouldn't he? Water then land sounds very exciting. But whales? giraffes? flamingos? He had to wait so long. And then! FINALLY! a love story! (more proof that God is very romantic).

But back to the eternal perspective: usually when someone talks about the eternal perspective, it's really another way of saying—be patient. Being patient doesn't sound interesting to me, or engaging, or lovely. But, that girl's answer about God and creation suggests that patience is more creative than we ever dreamed, and maybe that kind of patience is made up of faith, and hope, and love.


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