My wife and I recently hiked to the top of Ensign Peak and as we stood overlooking the Salt Lake valley I used my phone to take two different pictures of the sunset. The first picture was taken with the camera pointed slightly downward and the other with the camera pointed slightly upward towards the light of the setting sun. When we looked at the two pictures afterwards it was amazing to see the difference between them and the thought came to us very powerfully that what you see is determined by what you focus on. I know that sounds super simple, but it is so true.
In the book, “The Story of Liberty” (by Charles Carleton Coffin), the author traces the main events in history that led to freedom from King John of England signing the Magna Carta (1215) to the signing of the US Constitution (1787). When woven together, these events created an environment where the US Constitution could be written and a free land established. As you look back over these events you will see that there are two main groups of people represented. There is a group that was fighting to enslave the people and a group that was fighting to be free. In the introduction to this book the author identifies 3 things he wants the reader to focus on. Among these, he encourages special notice to be given “that the successes of those who have struggled to keep men in slavery have often proved to be in reality failures; while the defeats of those who were fighting for freedom have often been victories.”
He also points out “that while the oppressors have carried out their plans, and had things their own way, there were other forces silently at work, which in time undermined their plans, as if a Divine hand were directing the counter-plan.” Then he said, “Whoever peruses the ‘Story of Liberty’ without recognizing this feature will fail to fully comprehend the meaning of history. There must be a meaning to history, or else existence is an incomprehensible enigma.”
In today’s world, those who are fighting to destroy the freedom of all people seem to be having many successes, but let us take a lesson from history. When we look back on what is happening, we will see that God has used the successes of those who are fighting to destroy personal freedom to eventually lead to failure and the failures of those who are fighting to preserve individual freedom will be turned into a success. At this point in time we may not see how that works and we may only see a setting sun in a dreary world with a bleak future as when the camera was pointed down. However, we must not give up, for when the camera was pointed up there was a beautiful sunset magnified by the focus of the camera on the rays of the sun. When we look up and focus on the light we will see that there is hope. Things are going to work together. This website is created to help us all see the future as a magnificent opportunity.