“My suffering was good for me, for it taught me to pay attention to your decrees. Your instructions are more valuable to me than millions in gold and silver.” 119:71-72
Bethany referred to these same verses last time around; they‘re just so good!
My suffering was good for me. Notice the author doesn’t use present–tense, right? I doubt anyone is in the midst of a trauma and thinks “this will be for the best”. But most people, with healthy perspective, will eventually admit that they’ve grown from the suffering in the lives.
Just the other day, my husband was swaying on the porch swing, reflecting on his past. He wondered out loud if he’d appreciate and love our family as much as he does if he hadn’t experienced so much loneliness and pain as a young adult. It shapes you, the pain.
Consider a hardship or trial in your life and how it ended up being good for you.