I saw this quotation from Amma Theordora who was a Desert Mother in ancient Church History:
“Let us strive to enter by the narrow gate. Just as the trees if they have not stood before the winter’s storms cannot bear fruit, so it is with us; this present age is a storm and it is only through many trials and temptations that we can obtain an inheritance in the kingdom of heaven.”
Trials have redemptive purposes, knocking off the rough and excess edges in our lives. Let’s trust in Christ today.