Stars may be seen from the bottom of a deep well when they cannot be discerned from the top of a mountain: so are many things learned in adversity which the prosperous man dreams not of. We need affliction as the trees need winter, that we may collect sap and nourishment for future blossoms and fruit. Sorrow is as necessary for the soul as medicine is to the body:
“The path of sorrow, and that path alone,
Leads to the land where sorrow is unknown.”
The adversities of today are a preparatory school for the higher learning.