This is an excerpt from the Girlfriends in God devotional from awhile back…
“I find it interesting that all through life, the greatest strength is forged in broken places.
God is not committed to our comfort. God is committed to creating His character within us.
Suffering comes in many ways, but always with the purpose of making us strong enough to endure pain and weak enough to rely upon God.
Hope follows pain because pain forces us to trust God and rely upon His power to mend a broken life. It is in that abandonment to God that we find hope. "We know that these troubles produce patience. And patience produces character, and character produces hope." (Romans 5:3-4
Difficult [times] and the brokenness they bring can make us either bitter or better. It is our choice. We can insist on comfort and forfeit character or we can embrace the brokenness, knowing that God will use it for our good.”