I do not always understand your ways dear Lord. I do not see your purpose in suffering; the reason for our pain. In the deepest, darkest days of despair, when I plead for an explanation, it is difficult to see anything good in it. Yet this week you blessed me with a glimpse of purpose as I shared my experience with someone else suffering a similar pain. In the moment, in the tears, in the sharing, I could see some fruit born out of the suffering. I praise you Lord for this small insight into your purposes. May my faith grow deeper as I learn to trust you. May I trust that you can bear fruit for your kingdom out of the ashes of our pain.
Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. – James 1:2-4 (NASB)