what is a squiggle?

According to fifth-grade teacher Mrs. Hill, a squiggle is a beginning point, a small, wiggly line on a page with the potential to become something more--a brilliantly drawn fifth-grade picture!

A beginning point. A silly phrase from my preschooler, my teenager rolling his eyes, or my kindergartner deleting my entire 3rd chapter...

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Scripture Squiggle: Mormon 9:15-16

"And now, O all ye that have imagined up unto yourselves a god who can do no miracles, I would ask of you, have all these things passed, of which I have spoken? Has the end come yet? Behold I say unto you , Nay; and God has not ceased to be a God of miracles.
"Behold, are not the things that God hath wrought marvelous in our eyes? Yea, and who can comprehend the marvelous works of God?"

Sometimes, even as members of the Church, I think we tend to look for miracles as big things--the unexpected arrival of a large sum of desperately needed money, a fatal illness cured, an amazing survival from a car crash. As we look for these big miracles, we often miss the little miracles that God blesses our lives with. Elder David A. Bednar, in his April 2005 Conference address, called these little miracles "tender mercies of the Lord."

These tender mercies can do so much more to strengthen our faith than those large miracles. Laman and Lemuel saw big miracles many times--they saw angels, felt the shocking power of the Lord, and witnessed the Lord's wrath on the sea--but these did nothing to convert them. the tender mercies are harder to see; we have to really be looking for them to notice them in our lives, and recognize the source they spring from. By finding the small miracles the Lord blesses us with, we find our faith, our testimony of His love for us.

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