What if we stopped seeing our trials as burdens and started seeing them as blessings?
How often do we go through trials and ask, “Why me?” While this is natural, it is not the way Heavenly Father wants us to react. In a devotional given at BYU-Idaho, Brother Larry Richman stated, “We can let adversity break us down and make us bitter, or we can let it refine us and make us stronger.”
I am currently learning this principle through a serious, personal trial. Initially, I was angry at God for my situation. This trial has hurt my heart more than anything else ever has. Brother Richman’s advice that we keep an eternal perspective in spite of intense hardships has helped me cope with my struggles. I have started praying for that eternal perspective, and as I have, the Lord has revealed to me blessings that are coming as a result of this trial. I now know that Heavenly Father is using this experience to protect me from even graver situations. Instead of feeling bitterness toward him, I now feel gratitude for the perspective and comfort he is giving me. While my trial is far from over, I feel peace knowing that Heavenly Father knows me perfectly and knows how to bless me, even through trials.
I know that keeping an eternal perspective in the midst of our trials will help us cope with our struggles and even find joy, as we “patiently trust in God’s plan and discover how to use adversity to grow stronger.”
Read more of Brother Richman’s address here to understand how we can learn through adversity.
—Sarah Harris, Mormon Insights
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