2 Corinthians 4:8-9 “We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed;” There were times I would ask God why does He allow what He allows. Recently, I’ve been thinking about the sudden death of a friend and our pastor who’s suffering from cancer. And it is very moving and encouraging to see our pastor continuing in his faith despite the pain he’s going through. Actually, I painted this when a couple friend of mine got themselves into an accident last 2016 and up to now, the reminder remains the same. When we carry out our ministries and continue to serve the Lord, opposition and hardships may threaten to take away the joy and the peace in us. Sufferings should make us wanna get our strength from the Lord.