In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while
you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials.
These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—
of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—
may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.
1 Peter 1:6-7
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him,
who have been called according to his purpose.
"He doesn't waste anything in our lives. He uses everything that has happened to us as a means to display his glory. All of that junk, the stuff you would have eliminated from your life story if you had written it – all of it is his mercy in disguise to you." – Mary Whelchel, founder of The Christian Working Woman
Ten years ago, Murphy’s Law had settled into the project I was leading at work. Everything that could possibly go wrong did, and the project that was expected to take 3 months lasted 3 years. I was a fairly new project manager and “learning the hard way” sounded easy in comparison. That painful time in my career drew me closer to God as I depended on Him for daily guidance.
Today, I thank God for that difficult project as I handle my workplace responsibilities of mentoring and training. I have so many experiences and lessons learned to share in helping others be successful. I often have the opportunity to encourage coworkers who are going through difficult times. And I am more confident in facing challenges.