James 1:2 "Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, 3 for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. 4 And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing."
Consider...if a lump of clay had a nervous system and could feel every prod, squeeze and stretch of the artists hand....and then consider that same lump of clay, now fashioned to display form placed in a kiln and heated to extreme temperatures. From the point of view of the clay, looking out, there had been nothing but discomfort followed by intense, searing pain (but somehow it survived!). From the standpoint of the artist the lump of clay had now become a thing of beauty, function and purpose.
Trials are the hands of God working the clay of your life. You don't ask for them, don't know where they came from and the apparent result, looking out, is nothing but pain. But, over time, following the trials you find wisdom, usefulness and a form of beauty emerging from those trials that you could never have developed on your own. And sometimes you find that your lump of clay can now relate to other lumps of clay that are experiencing the pain of similar trials...and be a source of encouragement and comfort.
You are being fashioned in the hands of the Master.
"Death is inevitable. Life is a choice!"
Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live."