Sunday, September 12, 2010

Setting out a Fleece

Oh great God, be small enough to hear me now.
There were times when I was crying from the dark of Daniel's den,
and I have asked you once or twice if you would part the seas again.
But tonight I do not need a fiery pillar in the sky,
just need to know you're ganna hold me if I start to cry.
Oh great God, be small enough to hear me now.

Oh great God, be close enough to feel you now.
Oh great God, be close to me.
There have been moments when I could not face Goliath on my own,
and how could I forget we marched around our share of Jericho.
But I will not be setting out a fleece for you tonight,
just want to know that everything will be all right.
Oh great God, be close enough to feel you now.

All praise and all the honor be
to the God of ancient mysteries.
Whose every sign and wonder turned the pages of our history.
But tonight my heart is heavy and I cannot keep from whispering this prayer,
Are you there?

And I know you could leave writing on the wall that's just for me.
Or send wisdom while I'm sleeping like in Solomon's sweet dreams.
But I don't need the strength of Sampson, or a chariot in the air.
Just want to know that you still know how many hairs are on my head.
Oh great God, are you small enough?
Be small enough to hear me now.
~Mindy Gledhill~
Tonight I took a walk up to the temple.
Listened to this song and it stuck with me.
"But I will not be setting out a fleece for you tonight"

This is a reference to Judges 6:36-40,
the story of Gideon who was a leader who delivered Israel from the Midionites.
We are counseled to not be a sign seeking people, as this story is of seeking a sign...but I think there is wisdom in remembering that our Father is a God of miracles.
Elder Boyd K. Packer:
If you are helpless, he is not.
If you are lost, he is not.
If you don't know what to do next, he knows.
It would take a miracle you say?
Well, if it takes a miracle, why not?

Sometimes we may need the strength that comes from setting out our fleece and seeing the hand of the Lord create a miracle. But most times, I think that our miracles can and do come through the miracle of prayer. We are children of a God. He has given us our intelligence and minds to think and act for ourselves. Further, he has not left us comfortless. He has given us the gift of the Holy Ghost to guide us in our feelings and decisions.

He is not helpless, lost, or unknowing of what to do next.
And He is a God of miracles.
But for those times we aren't setting out our fleece...
remember He is small enough to hear us.


  1. beautiful post. You need to take a walk by our place again!

  2. Thank you for teaching your Mother. I love you.

  3. I love a good walk around the Provo temple. I also learned things along that path.