When I was girl, I read pretty much everything I could get my hands on. Even Alice in Wonderland. I had a hard time getting into the book, I think I was too old when I finally found it, but one thing about it that I have always loved is the eternal principles that are written within it's pages. The Cheshire Cat was one of my favorites with his quirky wisdom. In my adult life, I have found this one to be particularly true.
There have been times when I could not decide where I wanted to go. Or even when I did not make a choice. I have found that the path really didn't matter because I didn't have a destination in mind.
There have been other times when I knew exactly what I wanted and I was willing to do what I needed to get there. The path was very important to me. One of those times would be graduating from college. It mattered to me that I received a degree. As much as I would have loved to major in music or nursing, I chose business because that is what I am already practicing. It made sense to major in something that I was using and would continue to use. I worked hard to get my bachelors degree and continued on until I finally received my MBA. I was before I finished school.
The path mattered because I wanted my children to know that you can do anything you set your mind to do. I had children and still managed to finish school with honors. It took much longer than I ever imagined, but I think it was worth the work and effort.
We all have choices to make in our lives. At anytime there are myriads of paths to take. There are choices to make. There are mountains to climb. The point the Cheshire Cat was making to Alice, is that she needed to decide where she wanted to go before asking for directions.
Heavenly Father is willing to lead the way for us if we ask, but I have learned that it works better if I have a direction in mind before I ask Him. I plan the way and He opens the opportunity. Moving to the mountains was like that for me. I did everything I could do first and then took it to Him. He opened the way and there was never any doubt that this was where we belonged.
It can be hard to live in a small town, but it is much easier when I have the confidence and assurance to know that He sent me here.