By Darsi D.
Turmoil reigned! One of my boys had put a piece of pizza in the microwave and now couldn’t get the microwave door open. I had been out for the evening, leaving my husband with our five boys, and now their food was securely locked in the microwave. After examining the oven and determining that the opening mechanism was broken, I moved on to getting the kids to bed.
I lay down with my youngest son, talking about the events of the day and saying good-night. As I lay there, the idea of how to open the microwave came into my mind. I went down to the kitchen and using the broken handle of a measuring cup just as I had visualized in my mind proceeded to get the microwave door open. Once open, I tied a piece of dental floss to the opening mechanism inside the microwave door and looped it on the outside so we could continue to open the door merely by pulling the dental floss down. This method served us well for many years. The piece of dental floss hanging from the microwave was a reminder to me of what I felt was inspiration to help solve a very temporal problem.
A little over three years ago, I was doing dishes in the kitchen. My thoughts went to three women in our congregation with whom I would like to work and I proceeded to write their names down on a napkin. I didn’t think anything more about it until a week later when I was asked to head up the women’s group at church, which would also require me to ask for two women to be my counselors and one to be my secretary. When asked who I would like for these three positions, I couldn’t think of anyone other than the names on that napkin. Little did I know when I wrote those names down that the Spirit had whispered to me regarding a future event.
“Inspiration” has been defined as, “Divine guidance that comes through the promptings of the Holy Ghost.” Inspiration and revelation are used interchangeably in scripture and messages given by spiritual leaders. Inspiration comes to aid us both spiritually and temporally, sometimes without requesting it or petitioning the Lord for it, but as we live worthy of it. It is most often a quiet whispering. “The Spirit does not get our attention by shouting or shaking us with a heavy hand. Rather it whispers. It caresses so gently that if we are preoccupied we may not feel it at all. . . .Occasionally it will press just firmly enough for us to pay heed. But most of the time, if we do not heed the gentle feeling, the Spirit will withdraw and wait until we come seeking and listening” [Boyd K. Packer].
The dental floss on my microwave oven and the napkin with three names on it that I now keep in my scriptures are reminders to me of the inspiration that can come from on high for both temporal and spiritual matters. In both of these instances, the inspiration came without request. I know that can happen if we live worthy of it. It can come to us whether we ask for it or not and is a gentle reminder that our Father in Heaven is there and that he loves us.