"The Lord knows both what He will need you to do and what you will need to know. He is kind and He is all-knowing. So you can with confidence expect that He has prepared opportunities for you to learn in preparation for the service you will give. You will not recognize those opportunities perfectly. . . . But when you put the spiritual things first in your life, you will be blessed to feel directed toward certain learning, and you will be motivated to work harder." --Henry B. Eyring, quoted in the April Ensign, p. 24.
One thing I learned from my poetry workshop is that I really love this kind of learning and this kind of work. I'm getting more and more sure that I do want to go for the MFA, and that I do want to do it in poetry as opposed to fiction. I think I am a poet at heart, though I enjoy writing the fiction as well.
The question is: is that where God would have me be for the next few years? Can I justify the financial investment? Is the fact that it brings me joy and makes me feel energized a sign that the Spirit is saying "go ahead"?