Sunday, January 19, 2014

The Master of the Vineyard

Many of you have probably heard the talk by D. Todd Christofferson called "As Many as I Love, I Rebuke and Chasten." In case you don't remember the story of the currant bush, here's a reminder: 

              Heavenly Father knows what He wants us to become. He wants us to be something specific. And His plans for us are ALWAYS better than anything we could become without him. As I read in Jacob chapter 5 in the Book of Mormon, something stuck out to me. Chapter 5 is all about a Lord's vineyard and all his hard work to preserve the trees in his vineyard. He is constantly pruning, grafting, nourishing, replanting, fertilizing, and caring for the different trees and expecting them to bring forth good fruits. If you haven't read it, you should. It's awesome. The master of the vineyard represents our Father in Heaven and the trees represent us. The master has a servant, constantly helping the master and pleading for the master to keep trying with the trees that don't produce the best fruit. He is like our Savior, always our advocate. But anyway, you probably figured that out by now. 

             Verses 21 and 22 stuck out to me the most. The servant asks the master, "How comest thou hither to plant this tree? For behold it was the poorest spot in all the land of the vineyard." A lot of times, I find myself asking God this same question. Why am I here and why do terrible things keep happening?? (I know, I am a whiner sometimes.) But to this question, the Master responds, "Counsel me not; I knew that it was a poor spot of ground; wherefore I said unto thee, I have nourished it this long time, and thou beholdest that it hath brought forth much fruit."

               Heavenly Father knows what he is doing. He is the gardener. He knows what he wants us to become and He guides our lives to help us get there. Even when we think we are in a poor spot of land, He is always there nourishing us and helping us to become better than we were through our trials. We are never left alone. We need not strive to counsel God because He already knows what He want from us. Instead, we should ask for His will. Ask what He wants us to become. I know that through His guidance and love, and sometimes some trials, I can become my best self. I am so grateful for this knowledge that brings me peace and allows me to always be happy!

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