I wonder about this as well. The past several years (basically, as long as I've been in the Orthodox Church) have seen various upheavals in my life. Hearing disturbing things about my family that I never knew, my parents nearly breaking up, argument with my sister-in-law, husband's job loss, a new job but greatly reduced pay and unstable conditions, difficulties with friends, breaking up with those friends....Whether temporary or with long-lasting effects, at the time they are acute. At first, they happened mostly during long fast periods, such as Lent. Now, they no longer discriminate. I'm going through one right now, and have for nearly 3 months. At times I feel like I'll be crushed under the weight of it, especially since this one affects not only my personal life but my faith as well. I've had problems before, of course, but I don't recall ever having so many life-changing events happening in such close succession. Lord have mercy and protect me from calamity!