There are many insightful lessons that seem unituitive, or run contrary to expectation. The commonality of these examples means that I'm probably right less often than I think. The models for pattern matching that I've built up in the world fail in so many cases, that it makes more sense to question and challenge my beliefs in as many cases as possible.
They are riddled throughout the scriptures, as well as lessons taught by prophets/apostles/leaders:
in losing your life through service to God you can find it
Jesus came to make the blind see, and those that claim to see be made blind
Israel is made up of people not from Israel
our garments (or sins) can be made white by being washed in blood (of Jesus Christ)
"Consecration is the only surrender which is also a victory" -Neal A. Maxwell
The adversary actually faciliated God's plan by trying to thwart it
The Jews crying out they have no king but Caesar as they urged Jesus to be crucified
champions of moral relativism claim standards are an issue of personal preference are often the harshest critics of those who don't accept "correct thinking"
I think it's fascinating that so many lessons and examples in the world are less obvious like this, and use this as evidence for the need to observe the world carefully.
The idea is that the most valuable and memorable times in life tend to be sublime moments of stillness, like when a chlid is born, or an…