We don’t want you in the dark, friends, about how hard it was when all this came down on us in Asia province. It was so bad we didn’t think we were going to make it. We felt like we’d been sent to death row, that it was all over for us. As it turned out, it was the best thing that could have happened. 2 Corinthians 1:8-9 (TM)
When I was a kid I would spend weekends with my grandparents. This was back in the old days when television only had four channels and they didn’t do many shows for kids during the week. On Saturday mornings, however, the programming was all about kids’ shows and it was the highlight of the week. From 7 a.m. until noon on Saturday morning you had three to four channels of television showing nothing but cartoons and kids shows. Almost every child in America was in front of their televisions on Saturday morning.
So, there I would lay at Grandpa and Grandma’s house, in my pajamas, on their livinng floor. I would watch Superfriends, Johnny Quest and reruns of Roy Rogers. My grandfather would often sit in his rocking chair behind me and watch along as he puffed on his pipe. As was sure to happen, the hero of the show would find himself in an impossibly dire situation. Death was certain.
"He’s a goner, Tompt," my grandpa would utter with a twinkle in his eye and a sly smile on his lips. "He’s a goner."
Of course, the hero was never a goner. Things always worked out for those Saturday morning protagonists, and it’s a good lesson to remember. There are always times in life in which we seem to be in impossible circumstances. "I’m a goner," we think to ourselves.
Don’t believe it.
God is in the business of redemption. He takes things that are broken and makes them new. He takes dark times and turns them into light. He takes death and turns it into life. The circumstances which, at the moment, seem to be unbearably hopeless turns out, in the long run, to be "the best thing that could have happened."