At the age of nineteen months, a little girl was stricken with an illness. Although she recovered, she lost her hearing and vision. The year was 1882 and resources for the disabled in America were practically non-existent. As she struggled to communicate, her parents sought out resources and four years later, their efforts were rewarded when they were connected with a young woman who had experience with the deaf and blind. The two bonded and for the next fifty years, were lifelong companions. This girl grew up to become a celebrated author and a passionate advocate for the rights of the disabled. She later wrote, “I can see, and that is why I can be happy, in what you call the dark, but which to me is golden. I can see a God-made world, not a man made world.”
This woman was Helen Keller who overcame seemingly insurmountable obstacles. What could have been a life ending tragedy became the catalyst to fame and a life dedicated to helping others like herself.
Who can command things to happen without the Lord’s permission? Does not the Most High send both calamity and good? Then why should we, mere humans, complain when we are punished for our sins?
Lamentations 3:37-39 (NLT)
Most of us, including myself, would readily thank God when good things happen in our lives. But what about the bad? There are consequences to all of our actions. If we sin, I would certainly accept the punishment for my sins. But what if the event was not under our control? What if it was a disease like what Helen Keller was afflicted with, robbing her of her vision and hearing? Would we be able to praise God after such a life changing event? Years later, with the hindsight of a lifetime of experience, Keller was able to reflect upon the true gift she received from God and rejoice in the blessing rather than floundering in her situation. Would I be so accepting?
It takes a great deal of spiritual maturity and faith to accept both the good and bad from God. I still have a long way to go before I am able to joyfully declare that I am content in all my circumstances wherever God leads me. But He is changing and transforming me, sanctifying me to the image of His Son, Jesus Christ.
I thank God that His patience with me is infinitely greater than my feeble faith in Him.
Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.