As I sat there listening to her weeping and telling of her pain, something hit me. Actually it was like a bolt of lightening. It was almost as if I had been looking in a mirror because I could feel what she was going through. It was just weeks ago that I was going through the exact same anguish only the pain had been brought on by someone entirely different. I knew why. I could never have been able to feel her pain had I not gone through the same situation. I could not have ministered to her as effectively had I not really known how her heart was breaking. It was at that moment that God reminded me that every trial has a purpose and there are lessons to be learned from each struggle.
My humanness questions every struggle and every hurt. But, God has a great purpose for everything we go through. The trial may be small or it may be epic in proportion but each trial nonetheless has a lesson. Why do we endure hardship? Why do we lose loved ones? Why the pain? There is a lesson. When we learn that God gives us grace to endure and trust Him to give us strength to handle the load we gain through the pain.
God reminds me that He knows where I am, and He has a plan for my life. I believe He expects me to live beyond the here and now. When a trial comes our way we should look beyond the trial. We should look to Him and to how He will use that trial as part of His plan. He expects us to realize that one day someone will need to know that we've been there and that we made it through!
What seems to us as bitter trials are often blessings in disguise.