Oh Brother (John), Where Art Thou?

I will go and do the things which the Lord hath commanded, for I know that the Lord giveth no commandments unto the children of men, save he shall prepare a way for them that they may accomplish the thing which he commandeth them.

Okay. I get it. The point is faith. The Lord could have simply shown Nephi what would transpire in a vision, and thereby lay out the entire plan so that Nephi and his cohorts could simply synchronize their watches and execute their parts. But no, instead Nephi was simply to believe and blindly proceed forth to accomplish the impossible, leading a band (of at least partial) misfits on an excellent adventure. What a strategy.

In the present tense, does this really look like moving forward with an objective, but without a plan, hoping that through some improbable set of circumstances that the impossible will take place. Remember the ole cliche, “ready, shoot, aim?” Well, this is ready, shoot, pray…. A virtual shot in the dark. Okay, okay, enough cliches. Perhaps this is what entertainment looks like in heaven. In our world, the actors know the script, and the audience watches with anticipation and pleasure as the story unfolds. Here, the audience (heaven) knows the script and watches ignorant actors fumble about and only understand the story after they have played out their various parts (if ever). Well, I fumble. I hope it is entertaining to watch from “up above.”

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