Saturday, November 7, 2015

Line Upon Line

This week in my Pathways Gathering class, we partially broke into song as we were talking about what we learned this past week as we were studying - 2 Nephi 28:30 is what set us on our musical break. Many of us in the class are familiar with the song, "Line Upon Line" from Saturday's Warrior, a Mormon-themed musical written by Douglas Stewart and Lex de Azevedo. The lyrics are:

Line upon line, precept on precept
That is how He lifts us
That is how He teaches His children.
Line upon line, precept on precept
Like a summer shower
Giving us each hour His wisdom.
If we are patient we shall see
How the pieces fit together in harmony.
We'll know who we are in this big universe
And then we'll live with Him forever!
Line upon line, precept on precept
That is how He lifts us
That is how He teaches His children.
Line upon line, precept on precept
Like a summer shower
Giving us each hour His wisdom.

This concept of our learning line upon line, building on what we have learned really touched my heart. Sometimes in school, at work, at church, or just life there are lots of things that we have to learn, and more often than not, we can get overwhelmed by the sheer amount of things that need to be accomplished or learned.  Being reminded that if we go slow, little by little and build upon what we have learned, that it really will come all together for us.  

When we teach our children, we most often are mindful of this concept. We don't give them a chapter book as their first book. We start with picture books, teach them the alphabet, move onto simple words, then sentences....we build and we teach, line upon line. Why is it then, that we don't do the same thing for ourselves? I know that I often get frustrated when I attempt to do something for the first time, and it doesn't go according to plan. Isn't that crazy? I am expecting to succeed in everything the first time when that is simply not realistic.  I may simply not have the skills or knowledge to do so something yet, and that is okay. Learning is a process and life is full of learning. I am truly grateful for the reminder that correct way to learn.

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