The Lord is good, His creation is good, and our sufferings are good too.
Suffering is not "good" as such. It is a result of the fallen world. If it were completely "good" there would be no need for all of creation to be redeemed.
The fall affected all of creation. The vocation of Adam to spread Paradise was rejected by him, thus we live in a world that is not ontologically what God "wants" (to use such language). But providentially, He had no other choice. This world or none.
Again, was God surprised by Adam eating the apple? Was God surprised by the fall of his creation "Satan"? No.
And yet out of love He created all.
Well, I m not God and I do not know what was in His mind. What I do know is reflected in the prayers of the Anaphora; that He loves us so much that He sent His only begotten Son... I also know from Genesis that He proclaimed His creation to be very good. I do not need to analyze Him to know that everything that happens can be and should be used to get us closer to Him. That would include the good and the bad.
Rather what u want to believe.
As Orthodox Christians, this is something we ALL believe.
Yes, life can be tragic. Seem unfair and unjust. The rich have it easy, the poor suffer. Joe across the street has a new car and goes on vacation, while I don't have a moment to sit down and watch a movie on my own couch. Suzy got the latest iPhone and Mark just built a new house....while Larry is sitting in the dark, his furnace is broken, the electricity is off because he's not been able to pay it, etc.
Some families suffer with illness, others suffer monetarily, others merely suffer.....
These things are all part of life....of living in the fallen world.
Joe, with the new car, just returned from a Hawaiian vacation....however, he's not once prayed during the year. He's not thanked God for helping him acquire all his stuff and status. He's not gone to church. He's not partaken of any sacraments. He's not confessed.
Joe dies while speeding down the road in fancy new car....and comes before God. He is asked what positive difference he made in the world.....whom has he helped with the wealth God allowed him to accumulate....who has he taught about God and salvation......nobody.
His life is then examined....and because he didn't avail himself of Confession/Communion, etc....his sins are plenty.....and he hangs his head in shame.
Larry, who has no heat due to broken furnace, and no money to fix the broken window....turns on a space heater to stay warm. His house catches fire and burns down. He dies, and comes before God. He is asked what positive difference he made in the world..(just the other day he cut his elderly neighbor's lawn, he volunteered last Saturday to help clean the playground in the park, he gave a hug to his coworker who was crying because of a personal tragedy...)...whom has he helped with the wealth God allowed him to accumulate.(..he doesn't have much, but, he did stop and give the man with a sign, standing under the bridge $3, at lunch time he often shares the crumbs from his bread with the birds, and he skipped having steak at dinner so that he could use that money to buy his niece a birthday present)...who has he taught about God and salvation..(...his coworkers often see him cross himself at lunch and have asked him about it, and he's tried his best to explain about his Faith, he often volunteers to pray for people who are in distress, he always talks to his son about God, and made sure to get up each Sunday, no matter how tired he was, or how much pain his arthritis was causing him, to take his son to church and teach him about the Lord..and on the days he couldn't make it to church, usually because he couldn't fill his gas tank, or his legs hurt so much he was in tears...he made sure that Sunday morning they read the day's assigned Gospel, prayed and reserved the day for the Lord (no TV until after Noon).)...
So, whom do you think was truly richer in life?
The man who seemingly had everything, and out of his luxury totally forgot about God....or the man who had it tough, and his stress, pain, fear, anguish made him turn from himself and rely more on God?
Who will the world remember when they are gone?
Definitely Larry....his coworkers will cry when they hear he died because he was always there to "listen" to their issues and offer honest advice, his son will miss him, the people at church will miss him, the man under the bridge and the birds will miss him.
The only person who will miss Joe is the auto-dealer...and that's only when Joe's lease would be up for renewal.
In other words....everyone's life is different. Some are rich, smart, beautiful, others not so pretty, not so smart and not so rich. Some are sick, in pain, others are super duper strong and healthy.
Our lives, like our fingerprints, are different....and we can either use what we've been given to make ourselves and those around us happy, or not. Those who choose not to...who focus only on themselves...are usually unhappy...even though they seem happy.
Life, and everything we have, and do not have....are all for our own good and salvation. Some of the people we would call the "poorest", are in fact the richest....with loving families, life filled with meaning, and are the most giving and loving people.
Try to make the most of what you have. Always be thankful and happy....and remember that even though you think you are poor monetarily or otherwise....there are people who would be considered even "poorer". ...and remember the "rich" are not as happy as you think they are...nor as "rich" where it counts.