On the Way Back: A New Perspective

Friday, July 26

7-26By Becky Willis Shantz of Lamoni, Iowa, USA

Lift up your eyes and fix them on the place beyond the horizon to which you are sent. Journey in trust, assured that the great and marvelous work is for this time and for all time.

—Doctrine and Covenants 161:1a

In the home of my sister, Kathy, sit some tiny sand dollars. She displays these small treasures among other unique shells collected from her strolls along the beaches of the Gulf of Mexico. One inch or less in diameter, these tiny sand dollars are rare.

Kathy and her husband were already late for departure. But Kathy could not leave without one last walk along the shore, so off to the island they went. They walked north, along seawalls and rocky points. Between the rocks were small areas of sandy beach.

After a short while, they turned and headed back. About 50 yards from the end, Kathy spotted a tiny sand dollar near some rocks. Excitedly, she directed all her attention to the area. Her excitement grew as she spotted another, then another, and yet another. She searched every sandy nook.

We have scoured the same shore several times since with no success. We marveled that Kathy found the shells. But how had she not spotted them the first time she passed? She missed them while walking one way with many barriers blocking them from sight. The walk back gave a different perspective. With this new perspective, Kathy’s vigilant eye made the discovery.

How often do we miss God’s treasures when we look from only one perspective? What discoveries lie ahead when we are willing to look from another point of view? Perhaps from someone else’s perspective? The message seems to say, “Keep walking, keep looking, and be open and observant.” When the pressures of life control our journey, God may be close. What strength, wisdom, and knowledge reveal themselves to us as we lift our eyes and draw close to God?

Prayer for Peace
Thank you, God, for your creation, which surrounds us. Your creation that is ours to discover, cherish, and appreciate, ours to share in story, ours to share with Christ’s peace.

Spiritual Practice: Encountering Scripture as Continuing Revelation
Read and pray with Doctrine and Covenants as Continuing Revelation of God’s vision for the church and creation. Choose a favorite section or focus on counsel in Sections 156–164. Read a few selected paragraphs slowly three or four times. Pause to pray for deep understanding after each reading.

Peace Covenant
Today, God, I will look beyond the horizon, I will look down around my toes. Then I will walk back and discover what I may have missed.

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