Pain and suffering loosen our grip on this temporal life. Deeper suffering can lead to deeper surrender. In time, our career aspirations and our personal opinions become less important. Our bodies age, our joints stiffen and ache, our eyes grow dim, digestion slows, and sleep becomes difficult. Yet at the same time, the ups and downs of daily life grow smaller and smaller. With each new pain and health complication, the world becomes more appealing. In its own way, pain paves the way for a graceful departure (Ecclesiastes 12:1-14). Death, after all, is not the end but the threshold of a new day.
– Tchividjian, Tullian; Glorious Ruin: How Suffering Sets You Free; David C Cook Publishers, Copyright 2013, Kindle Edition, page 163