Trust and Obey

By Mnqobi Ngwenya, of Bulawayo, Zimbabwe

…pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart.  2 Timothy 2:22

A few weeks ago, early in the morning, a man cycled to town and went to the marketplace before it opened. A blind man sat by a fire with friends. The stranger came directly to the blind man and asked if he could pray for him. The blind man quickly agreed and prepared to receive his blessing.

The stranger prayed, and instantly the blind man’s eyesight was restored. As the blind man and his friends were rejoicing, the stranger quickly got on his bike and cycled off without the crowd’s notice.

I was humbled, not so much by the miracle that happened to the blind man, but by the humility and obedience of the man who performed the miracle.

Unlike Jonah’s first response, he trusted the Lord and acted on what he was told to do. I imagined how far the man had cycled and what was going through his mind while on his way to the market.

I asked myself many questions and was convinced that if you trust the Lord and obey, God will be with you in fulfilling Christ’s mission.

Prayer for Peace:

God, give us a receiving spirit and listening ears so we can quickly hear and obey your leadings. We would pursue righteousness and pure hearts. We would pursue peace.

Spiritual Practice for the Week: Welcoming Unity in Diversity

Each day this week meditate on unity in diversity. Prayerfully read Doctrine and Covenants 163:8c, which calls “the entire church to become a sanctuary of Christ’s peace, where people from all nations, ethnicities, and life circumstances can be gathered into a spiritual home without dividing walls.”

Create a large circle with your arms. See and feel the diverse people God invites inside the sanctuary of Christ’s peace represented by this circle. Who is easiest to welcome? Whom do you struggle to include? Confess the dividing walls between you and people too different or “dangerous” to invite into your spiritual home. Ask God to forgive and heal barriers that keep you and others from being one in Christ’s peace.

Peace Covenant:

Today, God, I will listen closely for your direction in my life.

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