The mystery of God becoming man has been the subject of many paintings through the ages. God leaving the splender of heaven to kick around in the sticks and mud of Earth for 33 years was definetly a step or two down.
The idea of humility and suffering as a prerequisite for glory is a recurring theme through out the Bible. It has rung true for my life as well. It would seem that often times some really wonderful break through in my life is proceeded by a stretch of experience that feels insufferable, horrible even. That has been the case over and over. It helps to remind myself of this pattern because it can help tug me through those tough times.