Many movies have the same basic storyboard plot:
The main characters begin with some sort of basic connection. Then a trial comes along and tensions escalate. Someone gets hurt. All are under tremendous pressure and fear the worst. Finally, the foe is defeated, and the survivors exhale with relief.
One might wonder if this is one reason that God allows His children to experience trials. There will never be a blockbuster hit about two people rocking on the porch. It is in the battle that bonds are formed and relationships reach new levels.
How intimately could we experience God if we always lived a cushy life?
No one enjoys painful trials. But if we remain focused on Jesus, knowing that He has promised to never leave nor forsake us, we can commune with Holy God in ways not otherwise possible.
This concept can apply not only on earth, as God yearns for us to constantly know Him better, but also on the Last Day. Our Redeemer has already won the battle. He invites us to be part of His story.
Someday we will stand in Victory and gaze into the eyes of Jesus, fully united with our Creator.
Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory. Rom 8:17