The first words that many people like to quote when misfortune hits are:
“We know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose” Romans 8:28
But that’s hard to believe in hard times. I once sat with a woman who had lost her second child in a row due to miscarriage, and I listened as she cried, “How can this tragedy work for my good?” I had no answer but to sit silently and mourn with her. Several months later, she was thankful and she said, “My sorrow is drawing me closer to God.”
As tough as Romans 8:28 may be to understand during times when things are not going right; countless testimonies give validation to the truth of it. The story of hymn writer Fanny Crosby is a excellent example. The world is the benefitted greatly from her memorable hymns, yet what worked together for good was born out of her personal tragedy.
Fanny Crosby became blind when she was very young. At the age of 8, she began to write poetry and hymns. Writing over 8,000 sacred songs and hymns, she blessed the world with some of my favourite hymns such as “Blessed Assurance,” “Safe in the Arms of Jesus,” and “Pass Me Not, O Gentle Savior.” God used her difficulty to bring good for her and us and glory for Him.
When tragedy hits us, it’s hard to understand how anything good can come from it, and we won’t always see it in this life.
But God has good purposes and always remains with us.