“Suffering is the thread from which the stuff of joy is woven.” – Henri de Lubac, S. J., Paradoxes of Faith.
No one knows fully why God created the path of redemption and joy as one of suffering. It’s a mystery that will never be completely understood until you reach heaven. Yet, you are faced with the reality of it on a daily basis. And carrying such heavy crosses can seem, at times, to serve only to underscore your weaknesses.
But it is your weakness that allows God to work in your life. He needs your weakness to show you His strength. If you are trying to bear your sufferings relying only on your abilities and strengths, step back for a moment and see that by acknowledging your weakness, you are giving Him permission to work in your life, and with God anything and everything is possible.
The more you suffer, and the more you allow God to reveal His strength, the greater the joy you will experience at the end of your trial.
And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me (2 Corinthians 12: 9-10).