The biggest struggles in my life have brought me the most pain and the most revelation.
When things have been there best, professionally and personally, it's like a wonderful dream that I don't want to end. When things have been there worst, in the nightmare, the greatest lessons are learned.
Now, I don't want the worst. I don't pray for the worst. I run from the worst. But from those difficult struggles, I am brought down to a low point of submission and humility, and from there I begin to rely on supernatural help rather than just my natural abilities.
Of course, it would be a lot easier if I just followed the Word of God which says, "Humble yourself!" But maybe I'm just hard headed or stubborn. Probably just stubborn. In those struggles, I am humbled and then I really begin to see my life and problems through the perspective of God's Providence & Compassion.
Jesus said in Luke 10:21 - "I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children."
It's the "little chidlren", the uneducated, the working class, the everyday no name that finds the revelation of Christ. The religious somebody's, the Pharisees, the Priests thought Jesus to be a wild demoniac. Those who were lowly and in a humbled or humiliated position received the best of God's gift in Christ. It's the blind who saw. It's the lame who walked. It's the deaf who heard. It's the nobody fisherman and hated tax collectors who walked with Christ. It's the literal "little chidlren" that Jesus allowed close. It's the figurative "little children" that Jesus revealed Himself and God's glory.
Let me be like one of the "little children". Let me be a nobody in a world of somebody's. Let me be humbled or humiliated - if that's what it takes to get a greater understanding and revelation of Christ - let it be!