The part we sometimes forget is that we may never know God's plan. We may never know the good that happened in the world because of our suffering. We need to trust and have faith that all the pieces will fit together, even if we do not know how or why.
My daughter lost a very good friend today. He was 16 years old and a very strong hockey player. He was the kind of person you want your daughter to have as a friend. He was an example for everyone. At first, we might as why this has to happen. People might even say he fulfilled his purpose on Earth (another cliche).
I wonder how many lives he touched in his 16 years. I wonder how many lives are touched by his passing. I wonder how this event will shape the futures of the friends he left behind.
And yes, the difficult times do make us stronger. Another cliche, but it is the truth.