I recently finished reading a book by Gary Smalley that is entitled Joy That Lasts. The very first sentence of the books says, "EVERY CRISIS, no matter the magnitude, is a step toward an enriched life." This is something that I have experienced as a family caregiver for my first husband and as a widow for over eight years. I have also experienced that since that time as well in trials I have faced. God can use our trials in amazing ways often to help other people and to grow our love for the Lord. Yet it is sometimes a difficult concept to hang on to when facing yet another crisis in life. The reality is, however, that we will all face trials in this life sometimes over and over.
In the process of facing trials, we may feel cheated and discouraged. These challenges can often be devastating and heartbreaking, but they according to Smalley can bring us "a step closer to the richest life possible." The reason for that is because they draw us closer to the Lord when we run to Him for comfort and strength. Smalley says, "Trials can be our greatest experience, for they can lead to the the source of greatest joy." They lead us to the only One who can fill our lives with joy.