For now we see through a glass darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known. –1 Corinthians 13:12 KJV
One of the symptoms of the bubonic plague in Europe back in the 6th century, was coughing and sneezing. It is believed that Pope Gregory suggested saying, “God bless you,” after a person sneezed. It was a prayer offered in hopes of protecting the person from certain death.
When we think about a blessing, we usually think of something good, exciting, and unexpected. However, that’s not always the case. A man misses his flight because of a traffic snarl. Because he missed his flight, he also missed a business meeting on the other end that would’ve surely furthered his career. He is furious. But then he hears that the plane he missed had crashed, and not a soul had survived. Suddenly, the thing he saw as a curse became the biggest blessing of his life.
Often blessings come disguised as tragedy, disappointment, and pain. If we can trust the Father to work all things together for our good (Romans 8:28), the real purpose of the situation will eventually emerge. We see through a glass darkly. We can’t see the future, and we certainly don’t know the outcome before it’s even begun. However, the Father can and does. Blessings are often problems in disguise—trust Him.
- See problems as opportunities for a miracle, not as a punishment for some past sin.
- Look for the possibilities—don’t focus on the present circumstances.