"Could your crushing period really be your growth period? God is adamantly invested in developing us into something we would never be without His direct intervention. When we find ourselves broken, battered, beaten, and bruised by our circumstances, it is possible that the Master to whom we’re praying to resolve the problem is the very One who sanctioned it and is using it to accomplish some greater effect. Could this current period merely be God’s way of tending to the soil He has planted you in? Don’t curse the very moment that may just be your blessing.
Holy One: I now know You may be using this trying time to develop me and cultivate me into the product You desire me to become. Through my pain and discomfort, help me to rely on You and Your maturing process. I want to be what You desire of me. In Jesus’ name. Amen."
from Daily Readings from Crushing: 90 Devotions to Reveal How God Turns Pressure into Power by T. D. Jakes