This suggestion is from my current daily devotional, Jesus Calling.
I had to read it twice. And then a third time. My mind resists such a crazy idea. In my flesh, I want to get past my problems, or have them vanish. My first thought is never, Oh, good, another headache. Come on in.
I kept reading, and of course the author's wisdom is revealed further down the page: God uses everything for good. I read that twice as well, as a reminder. God uses everything for good.
Even headaches. Especially headaches. Because, when we're having an issue, that's when we're most likely to turn to God. When life is lovely and stress-free, we, well, I get complacent and forget God still runs the show. I assume it's my stellar navigational skills that brought such peace to my life.
Then, a headache barges in and disrupts my rhythm. I groan and sigh, but eventually, I pray. The headache - illness, tragedy, loss of any kind, or (UGH) a leaking bathtub - takes me back to the source of life, and I remember I'm not really in charge of diddly-do.
I know this, I do, but I get so weary of the work headaches bring. They're rarely easy, or short-lived, or, in case of the leaking bathtub, cheap. I don't know why this surprises me. God never promised me easy, short-lived, or cheap. He did promise to grow me up. By its nature, the road to spiritual maturity is arduous, unrelenting, and costly.
I still choose it. Even though I whine often. Headaches do bring me to the throne, where God can pull me into His lap and assure me, "You're not alone. Together, we can do this."
So, I will try to remember to view the struggles of this life as "friends." Annoying friends, but friends who show me the truth. I guess we can't have too many of those.