Space to Stretch and Learn

Space to Stretch and Learn

Just a short Sunday thought.

A woman at Church this week shared and experience over the pulpit. She thought for two weeks that she had miscarried. Obviously, she and her husband were devastated. One day in particular, as she was driving to work, she was crying bitterly and feeling worse than she ever had. While wondering how she could even go on like this, she prayed to God for comfort, and immediately a wave of indescribably happiness and “glee”, she called it, swept over her — almost to the point of laughing with joy. She was incredibly shocked at the power and immediacy of it all. Specific words came to her mind: “Everything is going to be okay”. Later that day, she found out from her doctor and sonographer that she was, in fact, still pregnant and that the baby was perfectly healthy.

So, yes. God does intervene in our lives all the time — usually via guidance and comfort. And it can happen in powerful ways! He even guides and comforts us when we think we don’t deserve His help. I’m definitely grateful for that.

The tender mercies of the Lord are over all those whom he hath chosen, because of their faith, to make them mighty even unto the power of deliverance.

However, God also wants us to become the best versions of ourselves — and becoming something only comes through personal experience. Trial and error. I know that I learn how to do something way better if I do it myself rather than just reading or hearing about it.

So, yeah, I guess we could just sit around in heaven (or church, for that matter) and talk about good, cool-sounding stuff. But until we actually do something, it’s all just fluff with no substance — like cotton candy; It tastes good for a second, but then it’s gone.

Wouldn’t we all rather have substantial, meaningful lives? Yes. No cotton candy lives for us!

God is able to do His own work (2 Nephi 27:20), but He gives us the opportunity to be a part of it for our own additional benefit and personal improvement. Joining with Him in the work lets us live the gospel with substance and meaning.

So, (except for things like the creation, guidance, comfort, the atonement, etc., etc.) God’s work is letting us do the work.

The Master knows which specific tasks will make each of us, His apprentices, grow to our full potentials and shine!

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