weak things made strong


I have been told many times in my life that trials make us stronger.

There is a scripture found in Ether 12:27 that reads: And if men come unto me I will show unto them their weakness. I give unto men weakness that they may be humble; and my grace is sufficient for all men that humble themselves before me; for if they humble themselves before me, and have faith in me, then will I make weak things become strong unto them.

I have thought about this a lot especially in light of my recently having to drive a van when driving is not a strength for me and is in actuality almost a fear.  I have been wondering why being better at driving a big vehicle was important in my life.  After all, I made it 45 years not doing that.  As, I continue to drive the van for work and put up with my co-worker’s teasing, I have developed more confidence in driving, a thicker skin and have become a little better at directions.

Again, I wonder why this was important for me.  I know there is a reason because so many things happened to put me in this position, so many prayers were answered in ways I didn’t want them answered to get me to drive and be okay with driving.

I still don’t know why but I do know that This is one weakness that has been made strong through trials sent by the Lord.

Today at work, I talked a co-worker, T into driving the van to the store to get supplies.  T is afraid of driving the van and refuses to go on activities because of her fear.  I went with her and she did fine, it was a trip to a close by place and I hope that it helped her get over at least some of the crippling fear she felt in the past because, that is what having to drive the van has done for me, made me stronger and not so fearful.

Maybe that is why it was important for me to have this weakness turned into a strength to help me be more confident like I want to be.  In the future I will trust the Lord more and know that he understands what I need even if I don’t.