“We can ignore even pleasure. But pain insists upon being attended to. 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.”
God will do whatever it takes to get our attention. I have found that to be the case in my life! Sometimes he uses suffering, hard to understand but true. And he is so ready to receive us if we'll only turn to him. The pain and suffering may well still be there, in all it's intensity, but a restored relationship with God through Jesus makes all the difference.
This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. 1 John 4 v 10