God reminded me of a prayer I had offered many years ago while living in Utah...
I home school my children, and they have always been passionate about nature. I remember as I read the story, I felt a strong desire and passion well up within my heart. I prayed and hoped that some day I could provide an opportunity for my children to study sea life as these children did. In fact, for months I envisioned us studying on the beach!
…but this seemed too wonderful to be true, so I decided to research "Prayer"- "The Guide to the Scriptures" on www.lds.org. This is what I found:
I believe that there are wonderful things God wants us to have… even if we have to wait 4 years, 20 years, or even a lifetime. HE puts righteous passions and desires into our hearts so that we can be where HE wants us to be when HE wants us to be there. I can FEEL when that passion or desire comes from God. I feel an urgency to follow it!! I have felt that urgency with many of the crazy ideas that I follow; and after I follow them, God shows me how that "crazy idea" has blessed my life and others'.
My challenge is to differentiate between the urgency from God and my own urgency. Sometimes I feel like I'm running, running, running through life, and HE picks me up with my legs still running and dangling in the air. I believe HE does that to hold me in place where HE needs me to be. I sometimes get frustrated because I can't run or because I have to endure hardship along the way, but God is busy orchestrating miracles, answering prayers, and increasing our faith in HIM. It is certainly all worth it!!
So… we cherish the answered prayers and look around to see who God would like us to serve. Until more of HIS purposes unfold for why we "get" to be in our ocean science lab, we shall savor every moment. Our greatest discovery has been the 3 JELLY FISH rolling in with the waves!!