What Can I Learn From a Bee Sting?

Ouch!

Ouch!

I have taught my children to ask themselves this important question every day: “What can I learn from this experience? Why do I need to learn it?” I continually ask myself these questions and record answers in my journal so I won’t forget. Sometimes answers come easily, but usually I must pray for help to discover the purpose of my struggles. Often I have to be patient and wait. But in time, answers always come. While on a hike together, my son tried to test the limits of this insight by asking, “Okay, Mom, but what could I possibly learn from getting a bee sting?” I paused to think. “Well, then you’d have compassion for someone getting a bee sting, because you’d know how it feels.” That’s not a last-resort type of lesson, because even the Savior suffered all things in the flesh partly for that purpose—to succor His children. “And [Christ] will take upon him their infirmities. . .that he may know according to the flesh how to succor his people” (Alma 7:12). So when it seems impossible to find purpose for a particular trial, remember the bee sting. We can always learn empathy for others in a similar difficulty. We can understand and comfort them with more compassion because we know how it feels.

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