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-Ralph Waldo Emerson

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

As the Sun Rises - The Process of Revelation

We understand that God teaches us.  He reveals things to us in our minds and in our hearts.  A phrase that I love that He has used to describe this "coming forth" of truth is "Clear as the moon, fair as the sun, and terrible as an army with banners." 

Have you ever watched the sun rise?  Do you notice how it comes so gradually that the increase of light is almost imperceptible.  The light grows even before the sun itself is even visible on the horizon.  However, at one moment or another, we realize that the sun has indeed risen. 

This is different from turning on a light-switch.  A dark room is instantaneously filled with light and the difference is immediately noticeable. 

It is true that God can enlighten us in an instant, as it were, and help us to see things differently and help us to change.  The scriptures are full of examples of such stories.  However, these instances are better understood as the exception rather than the rule.

More often that not, personal revelation and inspiration come to us as the sun rises.  It is a process that requires patience.  It comes "line upon line, precept upon precept."  It does, however, come.  And when it comes, it is "clear as the moon, fair as the sun, and terrible as an army with banners."  It is bright and brilliant and undeniable.   

In others' words...

“As you appropriately seek for and apply unto the spirit of revelation, I promise you will ‘walk in the light of the Lord.’ Sometimes the spirit of revelation will operate immediately and intensely, other times subtly and gradually, and often so delicately you may not even consciously recognize it. But regardless of the pattern whereby this blessing is received, the light it provides will illuminate and enlarge your soul, enlighten your understanding, and direct and protect you and your family.”     -David A. Bednar

"And if your eye be single to my glory, your whole bodies shall be filled with light, and there shall be no darkness in you; and that body which is filled with light comprehendeth all things." -D&C 88:67

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