As every good writer knows, you cannot write a thriller, or come close to creating a masterpiece, without weaving in conflicts and problems and issues that need resolving. Our lives are stories in process, unique unfolding stories in which the Chief Author amazingly grants each of us co-authorship privileges according to our abilities and circumstances. He hands us our specially crafted co-creator tools, and then we grumble that these tools are too difficult to wield! What kinds of stories would we end up with if God removed all the issues we so love to whine about? Bland indeed!