If God's primary desire for each of his children was to free them from all suffering than he does a pretty lousy job. The Christian is often left with questions unanswered, seasons not completed and struggles not yet solved.
Our fairy tales have the "happily ever after" once the struggle has concluded.
Yet, It always surprises me both how much God allows suffering and how much he is found within it.
The God of light and dark, suffering and hope, cross and empty tomb meets us in both mountain and valley.
It is only as we know him in each that he becomes "our life" (Colossians 3:4).