One of my favorite bands is Coldplay. One of my favorite songs is "Swallowed in the Sea". I only mention this to tell you why I became fascinated with how many times in the scriptures the phrase "swallowed" shows up. And not just the time when Jonah is swallowed by a whale.
My favorite description is when the scriptures speak of the will of the Son being swallowed up in the will of the Father. (Mosiah 15:7) A talk given by Neal A. Maxwell (found here) teaches that by fully consecrating our lives to the Savior, our will can be "swallowed up" in His. The word consecrate means to make sacred. We make our lives sacred when we become more like the Savior by allowing His will to become our will. And this will continue our whole Until we reach a point where our will is His will, or our will has been "swallowed up."
At different times in my life, I have decided to become more "consecrated." Especially when I was younger, the conversation I had with God usually went along these lines, "Well- I want to do what you want me to do. So, I guess just clue me into what that is. And I'll just sit here being fully consecrated because if I am only going to be about your will, then I don't really have to do anything other than say "Thy will be done" right? Right." :) However! That is not how these things work. I love this quote from Elder Maxwell's talk that highlights how NOT to go about giving our will to God.
"Consecration ... is not shoulder-shrugging acceptance, but, instead, shoulder-squaring to better bear the yoke."
When we are consecrated, we aren't deciding to just "go with the flow." We are deciding that we are willing, and ready, and prepared to do God's will, whatever that might be.
I don't know of any better way to end this than with one of my best number one favorite Maxwell quotes (which is saying a lot, I love most everything that man ever said).
"In conclusion, the submission of one’s will is really the only uniquely personal thing we have to place on God’s altar. The many other things we “give,” brothers and sisters, are actually the things He has already given or loaned to us. However, when you and I finally submit ourselves, by letting our individual wills be swallowed up in God’s will, then we are really giving something to Him! It is the only possession which is truly ours to give! Consecration thus constitutes the only unconditional surrender which is also a total victory!"
I personally will continue to try and daily, hourly, (by the minute!) make decisions that will choose God's will above my own. I hope that we can all decide to more fully allow our will to be swallowed up in the will of the Father. Thanks for being my friend and reading this- love you too much!
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