“Contrary to what might be expected, I look back on experiences that at the time seemed especially desolating and painful with particular satisfaction. Indeed, I can say with complete truthfulness that everything I have learned in my 75 years in this world, everything that has truly enhanced and enlightened my experience, has been through affliction and not through happiness.” ~Malcolm Muggeridge, in Homemade, July, 1990.
I love this quote:
It is at the cross and through the cross that God communicates most clearly with man because this is where He experienced suffering and met us where we abide—in the “shadow of death.” And it is through this cross that God can create an alternative reality for a fallen creation that sees the cross as folly until they come to accept His great gift of grace. ~E. L. Shields