12 March 2014

Believing in Blueberries

This is another gem from our family scripture study I just had to share.

Talking about unbelief, Alma said:
Now, we will compare the word unto a seed. Now, if ye give place, that a seed may be planted in your heart, behold, if it be a true seed, or a good seed, if ye do not cast it out by your unbelief, that ye will resist the Spirit of the Lord, behold, it will begin to swell . . ." ~Alma 32:28
Vern began explaining the concept of unbelief to the kids, and I loved the way he put it. (You get my paraphrase, because I don't have that perfect a memory. ;o)

Unbelief is believing God won't give good things to us. It's like Jesus wants to give us blueberries. (We're BIG berry fans in this house.) Can you kids imagine, Jesus really wants to give us blueberries. So, He gets a huge box of blueberries, and comes to our door and says, "Hello in there! I've brought you some blueberries!" But you don't believe He could do that. You don't even believe in blueberries, so you call down from the window, "No, thanks! We don't believe in blueberries!" And yet, Jesus still stands there at the front door, His arms full of delicious, fresh blueberries, waiting for us to open up and accept the amazing gift He has brought us.

Is it wise to not go down, open the door, and let Him in?

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I welcome questions and concerns--they are most often what spur us closer to the truth. I only ask that we all give everyone the most generous benefit of the doubt, assigning the best motives possible. A soft answer truly does turn away wrath, and an atmosphere of Jesus's love is the best for learning, no matter which side of a discussion you're on.

Thanks so much, and God bless you!