We used to sing a little song about the Lord:
He gives me joy in place of sorrow,
He gives me love that casts out fear,
He gives me sunshine for my shadow,
And beauty for ashes dear.
In order to bring forth the sweetness, there has to be some suffering. To bring about the beauty of the flame, something must go to ashes.
Blessings come from suffering—”beauty for ashes” (Isaiah 61:3). This is borne out so well in Hebrews 12, verse 11, which says: “Now no chastening[...]