Staying in tune

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.

 Rusty

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  1. Terry Cryts
    Terry Cryts says:

    You are so right. i am constantly fine tuning to get that signal. I am finally understanding this has been a problem for everyone and Nephi address’s it often. We just have to remember all the great tools givin to us to keep that spirit. Prayer, Scripture Study, church attendance, being active in your ward, callings. It is so hard at times but We chose Jesus’s plan not Satan’s and Satan loves to make us feel unworthy, he just slowly grinds at us but we have the best tool we have to remember to use them and not listen to all the negatives (Satan)

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  2. Rusty Lindquist
    Rusty Lindquist says:

    Thanks for commenting, and you’re right, it’s a constant battle, and no one is immune. I also agree with your point about Satan’s persitence in attacking our self-esteem. I’m convinced that’s his focus because of his clear understandint that we are so much more than he, our potential is eternal, but there’s a finite limit to his own, and that would harvest a raging jealosy in anyone, especially one as self-centered as he.

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