There are Biblical examples of this. One is in Exodus 1:12 – 13. Israel grew so much under affliction that the Egyptians were in dread of them. Further, the difficult labor that they were given prepared them for the rigors of the exodus. It physically prepared them for the hardship of walking while carrying all that they had as they fled Egypt.
For the past seven months we have been experiencing a difficult time. The details are not important. What is important in the midst of any difficulty is to remember Bobby Clinton’s term, “negative prep,” and to hold tight to the One who is preparing us.
He is good. He loves us. Even when things seem the darkest, we can know that He is committed to our preparation for His purposes.