Ecclesiastes 7:3 "Sorrow is better than laughter: for by the sadness of the countenance the heart is made better."
Trials and difficult times are not fun. If you think they are then might I suggest you have your head examined? I know I don't enjoy them.
Some of those time hurt worse than other times. Currently I'm going through probably the most difficult time I've ever experienced. I've experienced losing everything we owned once...yet my faith seemed to be stronger. I've faced family "disowning" me for many years...yet I trusted God more than ever before. But currently I'm facing heartache from one of my children. I think this hurt is the hardest to deal with. Yet I'm trying to be thankful for this trial because I know God is desiring to use it for His honor and glory and for my benefit.
One thing I can say about those difficult times is that it is drawing me closer to the Lord. It also helps me to appreciate the times that things aren't difficult.
How do you deal with difficult times in your life? Do you resent God for them or do you thank Him for them? Do you let them help you and draw you closer to Him or do you withdraw from Him and everyone else in your life? Sometimes it would be really easy to just walk away from God and just say "I can't do this anymore!!". But thanks be to God for the precious Holy Spirit that puts up a fight and reminds us that we can't do that. He reminds me often what God has done for me and Who He has been to me for so long now. I can't walk away from Him!! I owe Him everything!! How about you??