Monday, October 7, 2013

The Parable of the Popsicle Sticks

On a quiet spring evening in Logan, Utah we departed from an appointment, and headed to our car, My companion and I noticed, a neighbor, an elderly woman, moving potted plants to the side of her driveway. We quickly went over to help her, and as we finished we asked her if we could help with anything else.

She quickly exclaimed yes, and proceeded to tell us, in dismay, that she had lost a package of colored Popsicle sticks, that she had planned on using to label and mark her small backyard garden.

We immediately offered to help again.

Before we began our search, I asked if we could offer a prayer, that God could help us find the lost Popsicle sticks.

Both the lady and my companion stared at me in for a second, my companion's face reading "you're joking...right?" and the dear lady complimented my companion's expression as if saying
"God bless this child...."

They nonetheless agreed and we offered a simple prayer to find the lost sticks.

We searched her backyard, and in her front yard, looking high and low, retracing her steps. I was about to lose hope, when we heard a shout of joy from the lady, who was searching in her garage and found them on a lower shelf.

With tears in her eyes, she exclaimed of her happiness, And joy that she could go on with her gardening, and that God cared enough about her small circumstance.

I learned something that night.

When we reflect on what we do have, versus what we don't have. Or what we think we're missing, we look back and we can see there is a little trail, of blessings, of small happenstances, where things just seem to be coincidental.

He did not make the Popsicle sticks appear, I didn't have a vision as to where they would be, nor did He send an angel to deliver them.

Albert Einstein said, "Coincidence is God's way of remaining anonymous."

He let's us work out our problems, and allows to grow from them, it's all part of our life experience.

The lesson we can learn from this, is that God cares about the details of our lives. I testify He cares for us. And urge you to count your blessings.

As you look back on your life, what blessings have you received? Like this post, and share this experience with a friend, add your own!

1 comment:

  1. This story illustrates a great principle. Thank you for sharing Elder Ellsworth.