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.