In an ideal world, everything would go as planned. We would make plans and execute them and all would be right with the world. Not so much. Life is full of twists and turns, surprises, mishaps, and missteps. Truthfully, these things make life interesting and challenging. I can admit that I am usually the person with a backup plan to the backup plan. My life is full of unexpected obstacles and series of unfortunate events, but I am stronger for it. My faith is bigger. My heart is fuller, and I am wiser. Ideally, we all want things to go smoother, but our character is not forged in serene environments. There are lessons in our suffering. There are blessings in our redirection, and there is a purpose for our pain.