Providence has hidden a charm in difficult undertakings, which is appreciated only by those who dare to grapple with them. (Anne-Sophie Swetchine, 19th century Russian mystic)

Many of us go out of our way to avoid difficult situations. We want life to be easy without complex issues that require time, money, and lots of effort to overcome. Yet, as Swetchine suggests, the people who are willing to confront those hard issues and wrestle with them, will often gain so much that they learn to respect the hard times as valuable learning experiences.

God to Paul: “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” Paul: “So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses.” (1 Corinthians 12:9-10)