Suppose hardships had the power to pull us in tighter to the reality of God? There is a sentence in Paul's 2nd letter to the Corinthians that says,
"My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me.
At the Beerhorst house we are reminded of this on a regular basis for is seems that our weaknesses greet us around almost every corner. We have to see this for what it really is, a blessing. This is were it gets weird because we are conditioned to think of blessings (finding favor with God or the heavens) in terms of "nice things" happening to us. We do not associate hard patches of experience with blessing. Perhaps the deeper truth is that we are blessed no matter what we may be feeling at any given experience because it all is part of this mysterious dance we are doing with God.