Adversity is what we look for, because in adversity there is opportunity. (Lou Holtz, noted football coach)
Holtz’ comment is another counter-intuitive idea. Who, after all, really looks for adversity? Most of us try to avoid hardship as much as we can, and we don’t often respond to it well. But, if we look back to some of life’s difficult times, we might realize that it was at those times we learned not only to cope well but to move forward as we grasped a new opportunity to advance.
Though the Lord gave you adversity . . . he will still be with you to teach you (Isaiah 30:20).