Order in the Chaos

“Learn of me, and listen to my words; walk in the meekness of my Spirit, and you shall have peace in me.” (Doctrine & Covenants 19:23)

“Organize yourselves; prepare every needful thing; and establish a house, even a house of prayer, a house of fasting, a house of faith, a house of learning, a house of glory, a house of order, a house of God.” (Doctrine and Covenants 88:119)

While we lived in Colorado, I had the opportunity to hike Pikes Peak a number of times.  As you near the summit from the west (coming through the Devil’s Playground), you come to a large talus slope.  On one of my hikes, as I looked at that talus slope, all I could see were rocks. There was no path, there was no trail. There was nothing but rock, after rock, after rock. There was nothing but chaos.

That is, until I saw what I was looking for. I had to look for small piles of rocks called cairns. They were placed beside the trail and marked the way. There were times when I got to a cairn, I had to stop and look all around to find the next cairn. Only when I saw the next cairn could I see the path I needed to take.

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Cairns on Pikes Peak

As we look around us, we often see and hear nothing but chaos. The world would have us do one thing today, then an opposite thing tomorrow. You even have a vocal minority trying to redefine “right.”  Isaiah spoke of this: “woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!” (Isaiah 5:20).

The good news is that we haven’t been left alone to wander in the chaos! Our Savior, Jesus Christ has given us the Holy Ghost to be a companion and guide for us.  The Holy Spirit has been given the mission to show us the way through the chaos…to show us the order among the chaos.

One thing to keep in mind…the Spirit requires some effort on your part.  Consider the story of Lehi and his family traveling in the wilderness…the Lord provided a way for them to know where they should travel. He provided for them a compass called “Liahona” (Alma 37:38).  While we don’t know exactly what it looked like, we do know that it functioned “according to the faith and diligence and heed which [they] did give” (1 Nephi 16:28).  The Liahona led them on the correct path as long as they demonstrated their faith through diligent work.

The Holy Ghost then becomes the rock cairns–it is our Liahona. It will show us the way through the chaos of life. It will show us the way back to our Heavenly Home. Just like how the rock cairns were sometimes hard to spot, the voice of the Spirit will often be a quiet prompting–the Spirit requires us to listen with our hearts and with our spirit. As we listen with our hearts and spirit, and as we give diligence to faith, the pathway through the chaos of life will be clear. We will know what is right.  We will know what we should do.

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