One of my favorite quotes from the author C.S. Lewis , “The great thing, if one can, is to stop regarding all the unpleasant things as interruptions of one's 'own,' or 'real' life. The truth is of course that what one calls the interruptions are precisely one's real life -- the life God is sending one day by day."
Well, that pretty much sums up what a proper perspective is in trials. It's broader than just trials. It includes all those "minor" irritations of life. In working with children having social and behavioral regulation difficulties, I talk to them about the "size" of the problem. We define a small, medium and large problem. We also talk about what a person's reaction should be to each size problem. We talk, role play, teach parents how to monitor the child to see if he is reacting to each size problem with the reaction that is appropriate.
This quote tells us to move to the next step of accepting these irritations or interruptions in our plans as part of God's will for your life. We must realize that these are the very things God is using to conform us to the image His Son. He often uses these trials and irritation so we can model what a Christ follower is to be to another person. In all of this, we can rest in knowing we are in the center of His will.
I need a reality check with this on a daily basis. How about you? Please let me know how God uses this concept in your life.