I love driving.
If I need to think, or just be alone for a bit, I love to go for a drive and just let the world pass me by as I ponder and savor the solitude.
I also keep a personal Liahona. It's a journal where I write down spiritual impressions that I receive while reading and pondering scriptures.
It goes a little like this: "And there was also written upon them a new writing, which was plain to be read, which did give us understanding concerning the ways of the Lord; and it was written and changed from time to time, according to the faith and diligence which we gave unto it. And thus we see that by small means the Lord can bring about great things." This is 1 Nephi, chapter 16, verse 29. This is describing the physical Liahona that Nephi and Lehi use and receive direction through.
While reading this scripture recently, I realized that this happens to me often. A word or a phrase will come to my mind and I know it is from God. I know it is His voice speaking to me through the Spirit and giving me direction or instruction.
One phrase that came to me one day (probably while I was driving), was "You are essential." I'm not sure what my circumstances were at the time, or why I was given this particular string of words, but there it was. Along with it, came the spiritual impression that it wasn't just me, but that everyone is essential. What a powerful gift that was. It reminded me of my own worth, and how God needs me. And how he needs all of us to reach out to each other and lift each other up on the rugged path of life.
It reminded me also of these words from Sister Bonnie L. Oscarson at General Conference (quoting Sister Marjorie Pay Hinckley): "Oh, how we need each other."
Think of what would happen if we all saw one another as "essential." There would be unity, harmony, and peace.
I'm grateful for the words God speaks to my heart in the quiet stillness of my Scion xA.