This is from my prayer book this morning;
Lord help me to remember that when is seems to me as though things are going wrong, they may not me wrong at all. It may be that You are allowing these things to happen in order to bring me to a place of total dependence upon You so that Your purposes can be accomplished in my life. I trust that You have a purpose for every storm in my life, and when I pray and trust You, You will delver me out of it.
The operative phrase here for me is total dependence. We have times in our life when we are facing particular challenges that just seem to go far beyond our resources or ability to respond. This then makes us feel overwhelmed and vulnerable. These feelings can then naturally take us in to the long tunnel of hopelessness and despondency. For me the prayer I share above puts a switchman at the track before my train enters the tunnel and switches me over to a track that avoids that dark tunnel altogether but miraculously allows my train to keep chugging forward regardless. I remind myself this morning that these trials and hardships are doing a deep work in me that is mysterious and holy. This furnace is purposeful.