A redemptive future or part of a plan designed in the past?

A reader writes about Naked Spirituality:

The most helpful way to think about profound suffering was in your chapter about “why.” I am so comforted by the hope that there will be a redemptive future for the present pain, rather than hearing it is “part of the plan.”
When I did my genealogy, I learned of a direct female ancestor who had been captured at Deerfield in 1704 and marched through the winter to captivity in Quebec when she was 8months pregnant. Her perseverance buoyed me during my darkest moments. A good example of what you suggest.