"God doesn’t just “works His magic” in the way you (and I) often wish He would. Doing so would be contradictory to His relational nature which engages us in every season. His ultimate purpose is to glorify Himself through building intimacy with you, and He often does this through seasons of struggle. You’re not alone in the valley. It is where He most readily strips you of your ability to “hold it together” or “power through.” He allows difficulty so you have no option but to depend fully on His faithfulness and hold tight to His promises."