Our pastor did a great analogy that keeps popping into my head so I thought I'd share.
First he reminded us of an old bumper sticker & saying, which he modified to say "Manure Happens". That saying refers to how bad stuff happens, but pastor told us that the same manure (bad stuff) that happens is also a fertilizer to help our trees bear fruit. So the bad stuff that happens can be used to help us bear fruit.
And now I realize that I'm not doing this analogy justice, but I hope I've gotten the jist of it across.
Why are you looking down here? This stuff never changes, go look at something new... like the outdoors.