The Blessing of Trials
One year Karen's husband traveled a great deal and she was often lonely. Loneliness can bring emotional pain that invites self-pity. But Karen learned to watch. When self-pity began to seep in, she used her pain to understand the pain of those who were truly alone. She thanked God for the privilege, this rare gift of being able to empathize with others' agony, so that her prayers were not superficial. She prayed fervently for the widowed, the abandoned, the alienated.
God uses our difficulties for good in our lives. When we trust Him, He simply will not allow our troubles to be wasted. No wonder Paul and James tell us to be joyful in our trials. God is doing a greater work in us than would be possible without the difficulties.