“. . . And this they said he had done because of the foolish imaginations of his heart.” (1 Nephi 2:11)

As you increase in recovery, you learn to depend more and more upon God to lead you—day to day, and sometimes even minute to minute. If and when you reveal your newly confessed dependency upon God, many people will chide you for thinking that God is so personally concerned with you that He would respond to your every prayerful thought, all day, every day.

This is a common reaction of people who have not discovered the truth of how close God is to each of us individually. They have not yet come down into their own personal “Gethsemane” and consequently are still retaining a false sense of self-reliance.

After all, be reasonable, they will insist. He has wars to resolve and worlds to create. And besides, they say even more emphatically, that’s what He sent you here for anyway—to learn to stand on your own two feet!

Even as I write these lines I am realizing that not only are those two trains of thought irrational, they are very nearly blasphemous. To say that God has little or no time for an individual because His time or energy is taken up with “bigger, more important” things is to say that there is a limit to His power and capacity! Mortal parents can and all too often do run short of ability to give individual unconditional love, but our Heavenly Father cannot.