In recent years a saying has been making the rounds: It’s all good. I have no idea where this got started, and I’m not sure that I believe it. I can think of plenty of things that, in my opinion, are not good. And yet I do believe the statement that all things work together for good for those who love God.
Because what we are able to see is limited, we don’t always know in the moment whether a situation is ultimately for our good. What looks like a disaster at the time could very well turn out to be a blessing in disguise. God has the ability to turn our trials into triumphs.
Within every problem is the seed of an equal or greater benefit.
– Napoleon Hill
A fabulous opportunity seldom shows up in the form of a winning lottery ticket – it usually shows up as hard work. Perhaps this is God’s way of ensuring that the best opportunities go to the people most likely to make the most of them.
In the early years of the twentieth century, the boll weevil, native to Mexico, migrated throughout the southern US. Between 1915 and 1918, most of the cotton crop was totally destroyed.
And yet, in downtown Enterprise, AL there is a large statue of a woman holding a trophy overhead with a boll weevil perched on top of it.
The local farmers, facing ruin and bankruptcy, decided to take a chance on a new crop: peanuts. This turned out to be a very lucrative decision – the area prospered like never before.
At the base of the statue is this inscription:
In profound appreciation of the Boll Weevil and what it has done as the herald of prosperity this monument was erected by the citizens of Enterprise, Coffee County, Alabama.
Their blessing was disguised as an especially destructive insect, but it was a indeed a blessing, and they built a monument to their blessing in disguise.
Into each life some rain must fall – but behind the blackest clouds the sun is still shining. If you want a rainbow, you have to put up with some rain. Even in our darkest hour, God is still there, waiting to pour out a blessing. If we can’t see the blessing it’s because we’ve not looked for it: “Seek and ye shall find.”