Every experience God gives us is the perfect preparation for the future only He can see. (Corrie Ten Boom, Holocaust survivor and author)

Not everything that happens in life is a joyful experience, but each event is an opportunity to learn and grow. With the loss of family and home and long imprisonment, Ten Boom survived with faith and hope. When difficult times come, her comment should be an encouragement to us. What is happening is not an end in itself, but preparation for handling what’s to come.

[God] comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us (2 Corinthians 1:4).