A little nugget I read in Life on Hold:Finding Hope in the Face of Serious Illness.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer, who was martyred during World War II, says that whoever avoids suffering also throws away God’s greatest gifts:
“The tribulation that seems so harsh and abhorrent in our lives is in truth full of the most wonderful treasures a Christian can find. It is like an oyster with a pearl inside, like a deep mine shaft in which one finds one metal after another the deeper one descends into it: first ore, then silver, and finally gold. Suffering produces patience, and then experience, and then hope.”