A beautiful description about suffering, from Timothy Keller in his book, Walking with God through Pain and Suffering. And from an artists view point, a great visual for trying to understand suffering and find purpose and redemption in it.
“Although there are seasons of the Lord’s discipline, I saw that suffering is the inextricable base color thread woven through the fabric of the gospel. It is the canvas upon which salvation has been painted. Somehow in modern-day Christian circles, we tend to see God’s faithfulness as saving us from suffering. And yes, sometimes, in His great mercy, He does save us from suffering. But that is not the mark of His faithfulness. We see in Scripture that many of those He loved deeply are also those who suffered greatly.
This great moment of nearness with my Father didn’t remove the pain or the unspeakable grief, but it filled it with purpose and redemption.” – Walking with God through Pain and Suffering, Timothy Keller pg.185