"I walked a mile with Pleasure,
She chatted all the way,
But left me none the wiser
For all she had to say.
I walked a mile with Sorrow
And ne'er a word said she.
But Oh, the things I learned from her,
When Sorrow walked with me!"
Martin Luther wrote:
"Affliction is the Christian's theologian";
"I never knew the meaning of God's Word until I came into affliction";
"My temptations have been my master's in divinity;" and
"No man, without trials and temptations, can attain a true understanding of the Holy Scriptures."
Taken from the little booklet, "Behind a Frowning Providence," by John J. Murray (from Banner of Truth Trust).