Sometimes we wonder, "What did I do to deserve this?" or, "Why did God have to do this to me?" This explanation I received in an e-mail forward does a great job of explaining 'why.'
A daughter is telling her mother how everything is going wrong; she's failing algebra, her boyfriend broke up with her, and her best friend is moving away. Meanwhile, her mother is baking a cake and asks her daughter if she would like a snack. The daughter says, "Absolutely, Mom! I love your cake!"
"Here, have some cooking oil," her mother offers.
"Yuck," says her daughter.
"How about a couple of raw eggs?"
"Would you like some flour, then? Or maybe baking soda?"
"Mom, those are all yucky!"
To which the mother replies: "Yes, all those things seem bad all by themselves; but when they are put together in the right way, they make a delicious cake!"
God works the same way. Many times we wonder why He would let us go through such bad and difficult times, but God knows that when He puts these things all in His order, they always work for good! We just have to trust Him, and, eventually, they will all make something wonderful!
"And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose." -Romans 8:28