I’ve come to believe one of the reasons for trials and tragedies is that God wants a sort of divine blindness to come upon us. Because when things are normal, we’re so afraid God will take the self-life away from us, when we see Him coming we run and hide. But when we experience tragedy the eyes of our souls are so filled with tears, we don’t see Him coming–at least not in the same way we do when life is without trials.
And it’s then that He can connect with us in a way that He can’t when things are normal.
It was good for me to be afflicted so that I might learn your decrees. Psalm 119:71