A number of my fellow bloggers are having tough times, which reminds me of this anecdote attributed to Teresa of Avila.
She was traveling from Carmelite house to Carmelite house making a "Grand Tour". On this particular day it was raining and her mule was acting up. Finally she fell off the mule and landed on her southern exposure right in the middle of a puddle. Looking heavenward with an exasperated expression Teresa muttered, "If this is the way You treat Your friends, no wonder You have so few of them!"