A few days ago, I read the following verses from the first chapter of James:
Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
Lately, I have been going through some trials. I have not enjoyed them at all. But in the verses above, God is saying that I should view this situation as pure joy. While going through these hard times has not been easy, God has been telling me that this testing of my faith will produce perseverance and that will need to maturity and completeness.
The difficulties that I am going thorough force me to cling to God. I can’t persevere on my own. But by leaning on God, I will make it. And I know that this experience will grow me and mature me. Right now, I don’t consider it pure joy, but I’m getting there.