I know from experience that sometimes what you think is the worst thing that could happen to you, can turn out to be the best thing that has ever happened to you. And what you think is the best thing that has happened, could very well be the worst. Even in our down or bad days, if we wait faithfully, we can see God’s blessing.The truth is, good or bad, only God really knows. I have shared this story before, and I believe it is worth sharing again.
“There once was an old man who lived in the country with his son. He had a beautiful horse that he loved dearly. One day a rich man was passing through and saw this beautiful horse. He offered the man a lot of money for the horse, but the man refused to sell. Then not too long afterwards the horse broke through the fence and ran away. The village people came and said how sorry they were; they said, “If only you had sold the horse to the rich man at least you would have the money. Sorry this happened to you, this is terrible.” The old man said, “Good or bad, who knows?” A couple of weeks later the horse returned and he had six or seven wild horses with him. The village people said to him, “How wonderful, now you have your horse back and you have more horses. This is great!” The old man said, “Good or bad, who knows?” One day while trying to tame one of the wild horses the old man’s son fell and broke his leg. The son walked with a limp from that day on. The village people came with their sympathy and tears because the man’s son had been injured and now was crippled. They said, “This is the worst thing that could have happened.” The old man said, “Good or bad, who knows?” Then a war broke out and all young men were being recruited to fight, except those who had some type of limitation, like the old man’s son who walked with a limp. The village people were happy for the old man, they said, “It is a blessing that your only son will not have to leave you.” And the old man said, “Good or bad, who knows?” I could go on and on with this story because this life has its ups and downs.
However, we know all good things come from God. But when life deals us a bad hand, it is important during those times that we have faith. Because God is still in control. He can and He will work it out for our good. Absolutely nothing is hidden from Him, our past, present, or our
future. God works in, with, though, and sometimes in spite of our decisions to accomplish His will for our lives. Yes, even when things are going wrong and out of our control, trust me, they are not out of God’s control. He is still working His purpose for our life in the situation. We can’t always understand at the time, but if we look back at some point in our future we can see the workings of God! I have learned to thank God when life is good, and to thank Him in the storms, I have learned to praise Him on the mountaintop, and praise Him in the low valleys. I refuse to be like the village people in the story and let life’s situations determine my joy. Because like the old man said, good or bad, only God knows. Love and blessings…
“For who [limited by human wisdom] knows what is good for man during his lifetime, during the few days of his futile life? He spends them like a shadow [staying busy, but achieving nothing of lasting value]. For who can tell a man what will happen after him [to his work, his treasure, his plans] under the sun [after his life is over]?” ( Ecclesiastes 6:12)AMP
“But Joseph said to them, “Don’t be afraid. Am I in the place of God? You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.” (Genesis 50:19-20)
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who[a] have been called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28)