God uses circumstances and events in our lives to shape us and form us. If our lives were perfect with no trials, there would be no need for a God at all! We could simply live our lives and never feel the need of a Savior. The reality is that it is our choice whether we let the difficult things that happen in our lives tear us down or help us to fly. It’s our choice to let ourselves become depressed, bitter, or angry at the world and at God or to learn something from each experience and let it develop characters that are strong and pleasing to Him. I know that I would not be the person I am today if I had not gone through many of the trials that have come into my own path. Many times when I wanted to shout at God, “Why did you paint a black smudge there on my wall?!” or “Why would you let this happen to me?!” I instead have learned to ask, “Lord, what is it that you would have me learn from this situation? Please use this trial to create in me a character that is pleasing to you.” I am not a perfect person by any means and I certainly don‘t do it right every time, but I have been learning to find something in every situation to learn from. I have found in doing so that it not only builds character, but it also helps me to learn to let God be in control and to trust Him with every area of my life. I know that I cannot see the whole painting of my life - but He can.