Is it a weed or a wonder plant? Are our trials a complete waste or an avenue to know Christ more fully? It depends on the individual and how he or she wants to respond to trials. It seems crazy to think of suffering as a blessing but God's ways are so much greater than ours. Aren't they? There is great victory and nearness to be had with Jesus in the hardest of times.
Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only that, but we also glory in TRIAL, knowing that TRIAL produces PERSEVERANCE; and PERSEVERANCE, CHARACTER; and CHARACTER, HOPE. Now HOPE does not disappoint, because the LOVE of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us. Romans 5:1-5