It’s easy to view setbacks, challenges, and trials as things that are in the way. We think they’re blocking our progress and slowing us down. Sometimes we’re right.
But often, the difficulties we face aren’t in the way as much as on the way. They’re actually an integral part of our story, shaping who we become and helping us get to where we need to be. They’re gifts for growth.
Scripture presents us with this big picture view time and time again – both through direct exhortation as well as through the example of the saints.
Read biographies of great lives and you’ll see this theme too – struggles and difficulties forging character, even becoming platforms for impact.
Not every difficulty is a blessing, and we shouldn’t celebrate the evil, tragic, and senseless as good. But we do have a God who works all things together for the good. And sometimes the things we grumble about are the very things that can take us to the next level.
Think about it.