The “conventional” perspective of practice might be that suffering is our problem, and practice can diminish it, and perhaps awakening can abolish it.
But from the awakened perspective, suffering is seen differently. From there it looks more like it was a seed, a potential that can germinate, something that can grow and become marvelous.
Or else we might say that suffering was a mulch that fertilized the seed, and helped it germinate, so it could bloom.
When it blooms, we find that that was its purpose all along. And we also find it has already been in bloom all along. It never wasn’t in bloom.