Paul. What a guy. Listen to what he says in his letter to the Philippians. From jail mind you. Imagine his discomfort. Hear what he has to say is more important than his imprisonment, his pain. In fact, the time in prison has helped him in his singular purpose.
12 Now I want you to know, brethren, that my circumstances have turned out for the greater progress of the gospel, 13 so that my imprisonment in the cause of Christ has become well known throughout the whole praetorian guard and to everyone else, 14 and that most of the brethren, trusting in the Lord because of my imprisonment, have far more courage to speak the word of God without fear.
What are your adverse circumstances today? Are they causing you to look up, to trust more, to keep the cause of Christ uppermost in your life? He is taking the focus off himself to say the most important thing is that "Christ is proclaimed".
Oh, if only we could clearly see and know the 'purpose' of circumstances. Jesus was never in doubt of His purpose. "I glorify Thee on earth, having accomplished the work which Thou has given me to do." John 17.
Paul: "I want you to know that my circumstances have turned out for the greater progress of the gospel."
The cause of Christ, most of the brethren trusting the Lord, because of my imprisonment.
Christ is proclaimed.
Oh, if I could take my wretched heart, offer it up for redemption, mercy, forgiveness, and know that out of the ashes comes beauty...for the sake of the Gospel. That I may proclaim Christ.