A number of times in life, God has seen me whining about my circumstances, and has reminded me that there are people all over the world handling difficulties worse than my own struggle. God isn't dimenishing the value of my struggle in his eyes. He is just helping me gain perspective on it. We all tend to get trapped in an inward view, when we are in the throws of our struggle, because it often consumes our time, and holds our focus. And when the day is done, we are often too weary to look around us and find ourselves in a place of refreshing. Allow me to relay this story about King David in one of his many hours of struggle.
But before you read, realize that the life of David has parallels to the life of Christ, so you may see this story first as a foreshadowing of how Jesus walked among his followers, as members of his own Jewish heritage sought to kill him, and he told Peter to put away his sword. He said he was prepared to live through and even die, knowing it was God's will, when the naysayers came out to meet him. The picture type will be easy to see. But taking that out of the picture, we see David being pursued by his own son who wanted to claim his throne. David had dealt for years with Saul and his attempts to kill him, and now his own son! So when one of Saul's family came out to curse at him, he said it was of no comparison to the fact his own son was trying to kill him. Notice that he says God might have sent this man to curse him. Is your first impression to think, "that doesn't sound like God. Why would David say such a thing?"