How to Accept Trials and Tribulations?

Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis! 
Please accept my humble obeisances! All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev!

Material success (or opulence) is very often how we measure success in our lives. That is, we aim to get something and when we achieve our objective, we believe we are successful. But it is the common experience of devotees that when taking to devotional service, material life does not always goes very smoothly. In fact, very often it becomes upside down even! Vrtrasura the demon explains to us why this is so in verse 3.2.20 of Srimad Bhagavatam:

puṁsāṁ kilaikānta-dhiyāṁ svakānāṁ
yāḥ sampado divi bhūmau rasāyām
na rāti yad dveṣa udvega ādhir
madaḥ kalir vyasanaṁ samprayāsaḥ

Persons who fully surrender at the lotus feet of the Supreme Personality of Godhead and always think of His lotus feet are accepted and recognized by the Lord as His own personal assistants or servants. The Lord never bestows upon such servants the brilliant opulences of the upper, lower, and middle planetary systems of this material world. When one possesses material opulence in any of these three divisions of the universe, his possessions naturally increase his enmity, anxiety, mental agitation, pride, and belligerence. Thus one goes through many endeavors to increase and maintain his possessions, and he suffers great unhappiness when he loses them.

This verse very wonderfully explains to us that obtaining material success is not equivalent to obtaining peace, and bliss in our existence. Peace and bliss can only be attained by bhakti to Krishna. So we should not feel very unhappy when materially bereft of something we want. It is a sign that the Lord wants to bestow us with something infinitely more wonderful, the blessing of being His devotee! So take heart amidst your daily work and life. Do not feel discouraged, but remember this verse, for it is non-different from the Lord!!

Thank you very much.
Your servant,
Devakinandan das
Singapore.