James 1:2-4 (NKJV) "2 My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, 3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. 4 But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing."
The above verse says we are to count it all joy "when" we fall into various trials "knowing" that the testing of our faith produces patience and we are to let that have its way. Emphasis is mine on the way this scripture reads. I believe what God is telling us is He wants us to be mature and whole enough that when we go through things we will be able to have a confidence that says, "Ah, this isn't so bad. After all I been through I am confident everything is going to be alright." Now I realize that is not how it feels--but that is the truth of the matter. God wants us to take what we've been through as practice for what lies ahead in our future. He wants us to stack up all the rocks we've stumbled over and upon and build a wall over the obstacles and hard times to the victory and good times.
Begin today to exercise your spiritual muscles stepping over what use to trip you up. Begin to put those stones into a formation, a foundation you can build on. Embracing what comes your way knowing that you are more than an over comer. You are a child of the Most High God and He cares for you and there is nothing that is impossible. Your steps are ordered so even if you stumble that was ordered to and He will see you through. Be encouraged it is not over until God says it is over.