This year has been, well, a nearly non-stop roller-coaster of stress and it’s left me feeling overwhelmed and deeply inadequate, which has led me over the last month or so into contemplation of scriptures concerning weakness, especially Ether 12:27.  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.

So, I was thinking I’m pretty aware of my weaknesses already. To demonstrate this I made a list, a long list. We are so good at cataloging our failures, aren’t we? And it seemed to me that since I already knew all my many weaknesses, and there doesn’t seem to be any way that anyone, even God himself, could turn them into strengths, then there isn’t really anything for me to gain from this scripture. Clearly, this bit of God’s word was meant for someone else. And then God said “We’ll see about that…” and my legs started to swell up. Read the rest of this entry »