Tuesday, October 12, 2010

From Adversity To Advantage

Fanny Crosby was only six weeks old when the doctor recognized that she was developing a problem with her vision. The doctor treating her did not follow the appropriate procedures and she became blind.

Miss Crosby grew to love the Lord, though times were difficult and learning to live life blind was not easy. Through all of the trials she endured she did not become bitter. Rather, she became a better servant for her Savior. She even forgave the doctor.

Though she was blind, she saw God move clearly in her life. She wrote many hymns and through the hymns guided people to God more graciously and gracefully. She could not see what was going on in her life, but she could see the One Who was the Light of life.

It is not an experience that will bring us down or destroy us. It is our response to it. We can fill out minds and hearts with fear or faith, sarcasm or strength, hate or hope.

Adversity became a spring board to Fanny Crosby. She wrote more than eight thousand hymns. When adversity comes our way, God is with us and He will provide a peace that passes all understanding as He calls us in new directions.

Prayer: Help us, Heavenly Father, to turn to You when adversity invades our lives. May we believe that You have a perfect plan for each of us that will bring us to completion in You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Scripture: Jeremiah 29:11-12 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. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. (NIV)

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