Do you think God creates the rain in our lives? Or do you think He simply allows it? Are those two things mutually exclusive? In other words, does it have to be just one or the other?
If you have children, does your role as a parent give you additional insight? How has becoming a parent grown your understanding of God as your Father? Is there a difference between a parent who would purposely put a child in a tough situation and a parent who would allow that child to walk through a tough spot?