From Gene Edwards, The Inward Journey
What kind of Christian can best endure suffering? That Christian doesn't exist.
I could handle your problems easily. You could handle mine with a yawn. But it didn't happen that way. I got the ones I couldn't handle, so did you.
So, my own thoughts on this quote are wondering, is that how God really works. Does he allow problems to come, that we are unable to handle, in order for us to depend on his ability to handle them for us?
But then there also seems to be the component that in the process of "suffering" or "problems" we do have a choice to allow those experiences to change us for good or for ill. So, there is God in the picture again because he only produces good.
Over and over again it does seem to be a constant truth. If we are to grow in Christ it will come as a result of how we respond to "trouble." Oh, how I wish it could be easier!