When we are set aside to suffer...we feel we are no longer of any use and are accomplishing nothing.
Yet if we will be patient and submissive, it is almost certain we will be a greater blessing to the world around us during our time of suffering and pain than we were when we thought we were doing our greatest work. Then we are burning, and shining brightly as a result of the fire.
Many people want the glory without the cross, and the shining light without the burning fire, but crucifixion comes before coronation."
- L.B. Cowman, Streams in the Desert
1 Peter 1:3-9