Is there no other way open, God,
Except through sorrow, pain, and loss,
To stamp Christ's likeness on my soul—
No other way except the cross?
And then a voice stills all my soul
As stilled the waves of Galilee,
"Can'st thou not bear the furnace heat
If midst the flames I walk with thee?
"I bore the cross. I know its weight.
I drank the cup I hold for thee.
Can'st thou not follow where I lead?
I'll give thee strength. Lean hard on Me."
You see, suffering brings an individual into a loving relationship with Christ. And it causes him to look forward to that day when he will be brought into the presence of the Lord Jesus who will give him the crown of life.