"In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity." - Albert Einstein
Hopefully I'm doing this right as this is my first time participating...
I've always been told that nothing worth having comes easy and I truly believe that. If something is handed to you, you have little appreciation for it but if you had to struggle to get it, you understand what value it has and it is precious to you. Like the child that is handed the shiny sports car for his sixteenth birthday or the child that has scraped and saved his money from his part-time job to buy a used car. Which one do you think is the more appreciated vehicle?
There are many different paths that one can follow when faced with a difficult situation...whether it be an illness, job loss, difficulty in school, etc...and the path you decide to follow shapes your future. You can either wallow in self pity that this difficulty is happening to you or you can look at it as an opportunity to grow in a way you couldn't have imagined previously knowing that He will there by your side.
He never gives you more than you can handle...something else I truly believe...but He also doesn't make it easy for you. Most often there will be many trials that you will have to go through but if you are able to persevere through, you have the opportunity to be that much closer to Him than you were before and what a wonderful opportunity that is.