Graduate student Nick Roen relates his struggles with same-sex attraction. Roen writes that, while he prayerfully attended counseling expecting God to change in his orientation, it didn't happen. But something momentous did happen. Roen came to realize that God might never heal him from this particular struggle, but God is still calling him to holiness.
While you and I might not struggle with that particular thorn in the side, we all have thorny afflictions that Roen's piece still speaks too.
Like Job says, "Man is born to trouble," but this very temporal suffering can lead us into a greater life of holiness. We must rest in the Lord who is good, strong, and wise. His soverign love is enough to see us through all our travails.