Seriously, dead on. Have you ever taken a moment to think about all the heartbreak that you have experienced? Heartbreak that was in fact a huge blessing in disguise? For some reason on my drive back from Birmingham, this is exactly what I was thinking about.
I came up with a long list full of unexpected “blessings.” Here’s a very short sampling - job promotions deserved but not attained, relationships that ended too abruptly, loyalties betrayed.
A slew of things have happened that were terrible, tragic, and agonizing. Life-changing. A slew of things have happened that turned out to be what I never knew I wanted, what I needed, and the catalyst that forced me to make some long over-due decisions. Life-changing.
But these “tragedies” have brought me to where I am today. Even though in the midst of them, I prayed, begged, pleaded for a different outcome, now that I can clearly see that they are stitches in God’s amazing handiwork, I am so thankful for each of these unexpected “blessings.”
I always come back to this verse.
11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. 12 Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. – Jeremiah 29:11-12
I hope and pray that next time “tragedy” strikes, I will remain faithful knowing that I am in great hands.