Bruggeman talks of the Psalms and considers the idea that there are Orientation Psalms, Disorientation Psalms, and Reorientation Psalms. I think life is much like that. We are oriented to a certain way of life, disoriented by pain and suffering, and then reoriented when we find reprieve or deliverance.
My hope for my own life is that when I find myself in a time of disorientation, when life isn't easy I will slow down time and call upon God. I will read his Word more deeply. My prayers will have greater focus. My hope is that my pain will not be wasted. And that my future gain will be a well of worship to the one who carries us through all of life.
My God is great!