I love this quote from the book, "Chasing Joy" by Edward Hays. He speaks of "rejoicing always by searching for something good, the potential of happiness, hidden in every event-even events that are sorrowful." This last discovery of joy hidden in some misfortune requires trusting in God.
Faith encourages us to open ourselves to God's creative ability to convert darkness into light, to generate life out of death, to convert anger into peace and sorrow into joy.
The quote, "Every adversity carries with it the seed of an equal or greater benefit," gives us the promise that these joy-laced seeds that are hidden in the darkness of suffering do not grow instantly or miraculously no matter how deep your faith is. Rather, each adversity holds a seed that must be cultivated, nurtured and grown in trust and love.
Nothing happens overnight...the universe which God began trillions of years ago is still growing...so must our trust and joy.