Where would we be if it never rained?
From what does rain come?
Now apply that logic to your life. How can you learn to empathize if you never experience trials? Those things that cause you pain, discomfort, grief?
Further, when we experience setbacks, or trials, our patience is increased.
James wrote in chapter 2 of his book in the Bible:
“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do.”
Next time the sky is cloudy, thank God for his promises.