My Limited Vision

Continuing a theme (coincidentally) from earlier this week: waiting. We don’t like waiting. Life is too short. We already sleep away about one-third of it. In the United States, people spend 112 hours (more than four days) per year waiting in line, and up until the COVID pandemic, a commuter spent an average of 38 hours waiting in traffic annually (reference.com). Many, if not most, of us can become pretty frustrated by the need to wait.

While many businesses have been built around the idea of minimal or no waiting, how often do the things that really matter in life come immediately?

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The Novelty Glasses

On a summer day, a group of youth went to an amusement center for a day of fun together. The center included an arcade where players could accumulate tickets when they won games. Then they could redeem their tickets at a prize counter.

A member of the group used his tickets to buy a pair of novelty glasses. When he wore the glasses, everything looked warped like in a funhouse mirror, and everything was a different color than when seen with the naked eye. He laughed out loud and had many of his friends try the glasses on. Soon, nearly all of them had gotten a pair of their own.

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Waiting for Samson

The book of Judges in the Old Testament holds many stories of those whom the Lord raised up to deliver the tribes of Israel from their oppressors. My personal favorite is Gideon because of the experiences he had where the Lord reassured him and built up his confidence to do something that conventional wisdom said he had no chance of doing. And to try involved great personal danger. But this post isn’t about Gideon.

Samson sits at the other end of the spectrum for me because he seems to be an example of someone who could have done great things, but what he wanted was more important to him than what the Lord had planned for his life. As a result, he met a tragic end.

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The Infinite Light

One of the aspects of the Savior’s atoning sacrifice and power that is meaningful to me is the breadth and depth of experiences that He can bring us through—large and small. Life carries many challenges and tragedies that can bring us to our knees.

But sometimes, the fights we engage in or the traps we fall into aren’t comparatively significant. Jesus is aware of them nevertheless. He suffered for us so that we can overcome whatever separates us from God, regardless of the degree.

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The Laboratory Assistant

Christopher felt it an honor to have been selected to work with Dr. Baxendale as a lab assistant. Dr. Baxendale, an accomplished scientist and researcher, was always driven by curiosity and constantly came up with new hypotheses to test. She seemed to have a knack for asking the questions that led to deeper insight.

After they had worked together for about two years, however, Christopher became concerned with Dr. Baxendale’s newest theories. He could see that pursuing them would take their experiments and research in a direction that at the very least skirted the edges of a century of accepted science. It might quite possibly break those boundaries. Christopher feared that their experiments and their findings would be unpopular with the broader scientific community, and his association with and participation in them could bring long-term, negative repercussions for his career.

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