Suffering is not for nothing.
A friend emailed me an article from Elisabeth Elliot yesterday. A few gems from the article that I’m tucking away for the future:
The deepest things that I have learned in my own life have come from the deepest suffering. Out of the deepest waters and the hottest fires have come the deepest things that I know about God.
God’s presence did not change the terrible fact that I was a widow. Jim’s absence thrust me, forced me, hurried me to God—my hope and my only refuge. And I learned in that experience who God is—who He is in a way that I could never have known otherwise.
He’s told us enough so that we know that suffering is not for nothing.