I read this morning on a friend's blog that - God cares more about our growth than our comfort. It took me a minute to really understand what she meant. Once I realized it - WOW! What a powerful and true statement.
Let me share one personal experience that this applies to SO much with me. I stutter. Most people know this. I am not comfortable reading a scripture in Gospel Doctrine class - or any class for that matter. I remember being a teenager and literally leaving a class if - part of the lesson - we were going around the room each taking a turn reading a scripture. Really! I would "go to the bathroom" or whatever I could think of to get out of this.
As I grew up and spoke in Sacrament Meeting more often, I came to this profound realization - although I could never put words to explain my experience until this morning. God cares more about our growth than our comfort. And turning weaknesses into strengths - you better believe it. I give great talks, devotionals, and firesides. This is because I had to do hard things and I grew because of them. And outgrew my weaknesses by leaving my comfort zone. I still stutter, but I don't let this hold me back.
Now I actually love speaking in Sacrament Meeting. I love giving prayers in class. I still am not too keen on reading scriptures in a class, but if called upon, I will. (Reading tends to really emphasis a stutter - I do not read any talk I am giving. I simply memorize it, and look at reminder notes).
I do know that God cares more about our growth than our comfort. I live this statement daily. What a wonderful blessing it is to know this and to know I am growing because of my trials.