Way back in high school, I drove this old (to put it mildly) Chevy pickup truck. It was a couple shades of brown, and my friends and family called it “the log”. It had true character though, and I drove it with love in my heart. “Chicks dig it” I’d say, even though I’m pretty sure they didn’t.
One of its more obnoxious traits was the precarious nature of its AM-only radio. You could spend 30 minutes toying with the tuner to get an almost acceptable level of acoustic clarity out of its one working speaker.
But just when I’d found a nearly tolerable “oldies” station (which was about all there was), my friends and I would pile into it on one of our rushed lunch excursions, and inevitably someone’s knee would jar the knob. I’d be back to square one… hunched over, turning it this way and that, ever so slightly till I could begin to discern words from the static.
I was thinking the other day (I must have been bored), about what a good analogy this is.
You have to work so hard to bring yourself to some level of spiritual attunement, to where you can quickly discern the promptings of the spirit when they come. But inevitably, over the course of a day, the work you’ve done to “dial in” to the spirit begins to erode, and entropy sets in, clouding the clarity of the message.
You get static. You start to hear more noise than anything else. The signal is still there, being broadcast with the same strength as before, but your dial is off.
It’s at that moment that you’re the most vulnerable, because you’ve become “spiritually deaf”, otherwise unable to perceive what warnings would normally protect you.
Still, it can’t be helped. While we can strive to stand in holy places, life tends to take us where it will. What matters most, is the speed with which we get back “in tune”.
We cannot succumb to perpetual procrastination of spiritual preparedness.
I believe the diligence and vigilance we assert to stay dialed in will reap its rewards upon us many fold as we endeavor to live the life of a latter day saint.
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