Thursday, July 26, 2012

Day 205, July 26

You never know what worse luck your bad luck has saved you from.   Cormac McCarthy

Do you ever feel that you have the absolutely worst luck of anyone you know?  I've felt this upon occasion.  Something happens and I think, "Why me?  Why again?"

When I've had a few hours (or days or months or years) to calm down, I realize that the thing that I so bemoaned was actually the best thing that could have happened.  Rarely do I have the insight, the wisdom, or the spiritual maturity to realize it at that moment, though.

Many years ago, I sent a book to a publisher who had purchased a book from me in the past.  To my dismay, the editor rejected the book.  I pouted, whined, and moaned.  Two years later, I heard of another publisher (a bigger one) looking for manuscripts that this rejected book just might work for.  I revised, then revised again, and submitted it.  To my delight, the second publisher bought the book.  It turned out to be one of the best sales I had made thus far.  It wouldn't have happened if the first publisher had purchased the book.

I think back on that and realize that what seemed a tragedy was actually a blessing.  Many other such things have happened.  What matters is how I look at it.

This I know for sure:  the Lord knows our needs.  What's more, He knows what we don't need.


  1. This is a good reminder for all of us. We don't know everything and are often very short sighted. Good thing there's someone out there who knows the whole picture and wants the very best for us.

  2. There is so much clutter in my life, but physical and spiritual. I wish I listened to the Lord more carefully when he tells me that I don't need something.