The suffering God permitted into my life after becoming a Christian was surprising and devastating. Before God saved me, I thought that becoming a Christian insulated me from disappointment, which was a compelling reason to trust Christ. I anticipated my new religion to be an enjoyable experience because suffering would not be part of it. I was ignorant. I did not realize that Christianity and suffering are synonyms, never discerning how suffering is the primary context where God produces the most abundant fruit in our lives. Though it’s counterintuitive to the natural man’s thinking, suffering is the perfect place to find God’s power working through our weaknesses.