Continuing with the theme of quotes that have made an impact in my life, I have to include the following thoughts from C.S. Lewis:
"God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pains: it is his megaphone to rouse a deaf world"
It is true that God speaks to us in all kinds of ways. It is during our times of suffering and trials that we often cry out to God seeking an answer from him. I believe that God doesn't want to cause 'pain' in our lives, but that he can use those times to whisper messages to our spirit.