S. D. found the irony in this; I think it’s incredibly profound. Why do we expect God to give us an easy life? What do we think this is all about, anyway? (And by “we” I mean “me”).
Another friend emailed me this recently, a wonderful reminder of our purpose here:
“The chief purpose of life is not happiness, but the knowledge of God. One reason that the problem of evil seems so puzzling is that we tend to think that if God exists, then His goal for human life is happiness in this world. God’s role is to provide comfortable environment for His human pets. But on the Christian view this is false. We are not God’s pets, and man’s end is not happiness in this world, but the knowledge of God, which will ultimately bring true and everlasting human fulfillment. Many evils occur in life which maybe utterly pointless with respect to the goal of producing human happiness in this world, but they may not be unjustified with respect to producing the knowledge of God.”