Friday, November 25, 2011
I came across this from John Pontius's blog. The personal implications are at times hard for me, but I sense that the underlying message is true. Thought it was worthwhile to put on here:
"This is the virtue of the journey. We can’t arrive at any righteous destination without the journey. It is the trial and struggle of the journey that changes us, so that when we actually arrive, we are worthy to enter.
I have many friends over the years, who suddenly decided to move to Missouri so that when the time to return to Zion came, they would already be there. I do not doubt that this was the Lord’s plan for them, so I’m not judging them in any way. But, I also know that “being there” isn’t the point. Even if you live one block away, you can’t avoid the spiritual journey to Zion.
Arriving in the actual Latter-day Zion which will be prepared to receive Christ when He returns is a spiritual triumph, not a hiking accomplishment. It’s very much like finally obtaining the grand blessings of the temple. I’m not referring to participating in the ordinances, but of actually realizing the blessings promised by the ordinance. The journey doesn't happen inside the temple – that was the “being there” part. The journey happens in a long course of your life, learning obedience, learning consecration, and paying the price that such things exact, so that when the veil parts before you many years later, that you are finally worthy to enter.
This is why every righteous journey includes sacrifice, struggle, pain and thousands of blows by the hammer in the Refiner’s loving hand. Because, this is the journey, not getting from point A to point B, but coming to Christ and submitting ourselves to the journey He lays before us.
This is the virtue of the journey of our lives, that it not only takes us to the places, but that through the atonement and grace of Christ all along the way, it purifies and sanctifies us so that as the veil begins to part, or as the New Jerusalem appears on the next hill, we are worthy to enter in."