In my journey there have been two songs that have really spoken into my heart: "Blessings" by Laura Story and "Even If" by Kutless.
They've taught me two things:
1. Not all "trials" are hardships, some of them are blessings in disguise. All things have a purpose, even my chronic pain.
2. I can grow closer to God through my suffering by leaning on Him through it. Yes, I pray for healing but more than that, I pray He gives me strength to get through it and wisdom to learn from it.
3. No matter what, God is good. He is faithful.
Romans 5:3-5 says "We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because He has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with His love."I have learned in the past year that God is always with us in our trials, whether we sense His presence or not. If we learn to lean on Him and be still, He will battle for us and He will be our strength. And our faith will emerge stronger. But the key thing here is we must trust in Him. If you try to handle the trials and problems on your own, then the endurance, the patience, the learning is stunted.
Has there been situations where you've learned through a trial or a problem? What about when you've stumbled and lost sight of the cross in the midst? How did you get back on track?