So this week while I was studying my scriptures I came across a verse that talked about how God can make mountains flat, and straighten crooked paths, etc. I was then reading a book where a commentator talked about that exact verse and how if God can do all that, then why wouldn’t he be able to help us straighten out our own paths?
This got me thinking about my own mountain right now which is trying to lose weight. I have tried to lose weight many times over the years. And each time it works, but I never stick it out long enough to reach my final goal. This time I feel that it is different. I don’t know how to explain it.
I just feel that God is with me in this process this time. I truly feel that God is blessing me along the way.
… blessings come when we—
Ask the Father in the name of Christ
Diligently keep His commandments
Ask with faith in Christ
Ask for that which is right
Harden not our hearts
– Richard G. Scott
Since I started this diet at the beginning of the year, I have prayed for help every single day in regards to my weight loss. Each time I lose weight, I thank Heavenly Father. Each time I resist something, or find a new recipe, or anything, I try to remember to thank Him. I ask for continual support and guidance in the process.
Now I know that I may not lose weight every week. There may be weeks where I stay the same, or even gain some. This is not something that can happen over night or with the snap of my fingers.
A relative asked Elder Spencer W. Kimball for a blessing to combat a crippling disease. For some time Elder Kimball prepared himself spiritually; then, fasting, he was prompted to bless her to be healed. Some weeks later she returned, angry and complaining that she was “fed up” with waiting for the Lord to give the promised relief.
He responded: “Now I understand why you have not been blessed. You must be patient, do your part, and express gratitude for the smallest improvement noted.”
She repented, followed scrupulously his counsel, and eventually was made well.
– Richard G. Scott
I read this story above, and thought it taught such a great lesson. I love his response to the relative. “You must be patient, do your part, and express gratitude for the smallest improvement noted”. I feel that I have been trying to do this. I am not perfect, but I try to recognize the small victories and improvements in regards to my weight journey, and I try to thank Him when I can.
It does require patience. And lots of it. And there may be times where I feel like this relative. Upset and “fed up” with waiting for it to happen. But I need to remember that it takes time. And I should be grateful for the small things that happen. For example, today I made cookies to take to a Super Bowl party … and I didn’t eat a single cookie! Normally I would be eating the cookie dough as I cook, and I would try 1 or 2 cookies … but I didn’t. that was a small improvement that needed to be thanked.
Help from the Lord generally comes in increments. He can immediately cure serious illnesses or disabilities or even allow the dead to be raised. But the general pattern is that improvement comes in sequential steps. That plan gives us an opportunity to discover what the Lord expects us to learn. It requires our patience to recognize His timetable. It provides growth from our efforts and trust in Him and the opportunity to express gratitude for the help given.
Often we have difficulty mastering lessons the Lord wants us to learn when things are going too well in our lives. When there is suffering or pain, we ask ourselves a lot of questions. Some of them ought to be: What does the Lord want me to learn from this experience? What do I need to do? What do I need to change? Whom do I need to serve? Or what characteristic must I improve? Pondering and prayer will help us understand what we are to learn from the challenges we are asked to overcome.
– Richard G. Scott
“The general pattern is that improvement comes in sequential steps”. We are to learn and grow from the experience. We are to have patience. We are to have time to grow and put our trust in Him. I know that there are going to be times where I gain weight or stay the same and I may ask some questions such as, “what do I need to do?” or “what do I need to change?” or even “what do I need to improve on?”
And all of this can be applied to any problem or question we have in life. If we put in the work and the effort then He will bless us – as long as it is a good thing. But we can’t expect Him to just hand us things. We need to work at it, and include Him in every step of the way.
To read the full talk where I got the quotes from you can click here.