Here is a quote from Spurgeon that I read in conjunction with my meditations on Psalm 16 for the week, along with a sermon by Piper on prayer.
"Be content to live unknown for a little while, and to walk your weary way through the fields of poverty, or up the hills of affliction; for by-and-by you shall reign with Christ, for HE has 'made us kings and priests unto God'\, and we shall reign for ever and ever'. Oh! wonderful thought for the children of God! We have Christ for our glorious representative in heaven's courts now and soon He will come and receive us to Himself, to be with Him there, to behold His glory and to share His joy."One of the most difficult things with trials is the unknown. I felt impressed to pray that God would help us to remember who we are known by, the God John Piper describes:
Ps 16 " You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
..is infinitely strong and can do all that he pleases, and that he is infinitely righteous so that he only does what is right, and that he is infinitely good so that everything he does is perfectly good, and that he is infinitely wise so that he always knows perfectly what is right and good, and that he is infinitely loving so that in all his strength and righteousness and goodness and wisdom he raises the eternal joy of his loved ones as high as it can be raised—when you pause to consider this, then the lavish invitations of this God to ask him for good things, with the promise that he will give them, is unimaginably wonderful" ~December 31, 2006