The Lord puts us in specific places for a reason. Every situation in life is to teach us something and/or (as Corrie tenBoom once said) "Prepare us for a future that only God can see".
But I think a lot of times we only look at what we are currently standing in and get so overwhelmed and discouraged by what we see that we look for the quickest way out.
It's not very often that we have the attitude (or would it be fortitude?) to willingly sit back and trust God to see us out. We pray for grace and strength to get through the obstacle, but do we (do I?) pray for God to not just teach us what we need to learn, but that we would eagerly accept the trials? Are we satisfied to go through the lesson at God's pace so that we may learn everything He wants us to?
A child afraid of the dark will go running for a flashlight just to walk down a hall that he has walked down many times in the daylight; a hall that he has memorized, but just because of the lack of light he now refuses to take one step forward. I wonder how many times do we tell God we won't walk forward because we can't see the end of the "hall"?
I am reminded of the pine-cones that must be burned in order to release their seeds and grow. Are we willing to stay in the fire and be burned so that God can use us? Pine-cones are useful, but in order to reach their fullest potential they must go through a fire. God never does anything without a purpose.