"And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son..."
We purchased our house four years ago as a fixer-upper... it has turned out to be a lot more work than we anticipated. Each repair or improvement we have tried has been met with unexpected setbacks. For example, once we tore down what was there (like drywall), we found something else needing to be fixed, or repaired in a different way with different materials. It has been quite a trial... and quite a blessing.
God has reminded me He brings trials into His children's lives to make us more like Him. It is one of the many ways in which He teaches us. It isn’t an easy process - and it can take a fair amount of time - but it does drive the point home once you understand. God taught me contentment through this process of repairing our house. We still aren’t finished, but I am content. I am also thankful we even have a house to call our own.
God provides. At every turn of life, He is right there beside His children. He will provide for you, toward the goal of teaching you to be more like His Son - it’s one of His many names: Jehovah-jireh “The Lord Who Provides.” When I am in the midst of a trial, the best thing is to look to the Lord and to know He will provide, and to recognize He always has provided.
What past (or even present) trial has shown you His provision?