I loved our discussion of the journey in Ether. I think God is very aware of all His children, and those chapters are put in there for me!
Right now, I'm less than a year away from graduation, and it's time to start thinking of future jobs. I'm also stressing like mad about my future family. I'm wondering how I'm going to make it work out financially, where I'll live, when it's going to happen, and whom I'm supposed to marry. In class this week, we talked about the three ways God helps us make decisions:
1. He tells us not to worry about it, he takes care of it himself
2. He gives us clear, step-by-step instructions about what to do
3. He has us figure out a way and tell Him how we want Him to help
I've seen all of these in my life, and 3 is definitely the most difficult one for me to accept. It's difficult for me to trust my own judgment (especially knowing that God could pick something way better for me), but I think that's why it happens to me so often! It's a difficult test for me, but it absolutely helps me grow.
We don't really get any insight on how B.O.J. came up with the molten stones idea. God says, "What are you gonna do?" and then the next verse is B.O.J. melting some rocks. In B.O.J.'s prayer to the Lord, he says basically "Oh God, please don't be mad with me if this is the dumbest idea you've ever heard... but could you please touch these rocks and make them glow?"
Ether 3:5, "Behold, O Lord, thou canst do this. We know that thou art able to show forth great power, which looks small unto the understanding of men."
And God does it. This shows me that the "how" is not as important as the faith behind the "how." If we're in one of those situations where God asks us to come up with a solution, our faith in him is more important than our plan.