“What seems to us as bitter trials are often blessings in disguise.” -Oscar Wilde
“Have a blessed week”, she said as she handed me my receipt. I politely said, “Thank you. You do the same.”
As I was walking to my car, I thought what does she mean by that?
Often we associate blessings with good things that are happening to us. The bills are paid, the job is going well, and everyone is happy and healthy.
As the saying goes, “You have to take the good with the bad.” Have you ever overslept? Misplaced your keys? Been late for work? Could it be God knows something we don’t? A part of His plan and purpose demonstrates His perfect timing. What we see as an inconvenience is God’s blessings in disguise. An example of God’s perfect timing occurred in Somerset, Pennsylvania, on July 24, 2002. Nine miners from Quecreek Mine were rescued after spending 77 hours in the dark, 240 feet below in a cold mine shaft. At 105 feet into the digging, the drill bit broke and caused an 18-hour delay in reaching the miners. If the drill bit had gotten any closer, it would have come in contact with water, causing the loss of air pockets, and the miners would have perished. Talk about perfect timing: never early, never late. God is never in a hurry, but He is always on time.
Can you remember a time when a trial ended up being a blessing in disguise?Share your story with Breath on Paper and encourage others who may be facing a trial of their own.
I’ll go first.
Most of you know my cancer story. I was seeing an ENT in January of 2017 for chronic sinus issues. After a few days, I began to notice some swelling in my neck and face. I thought it was an allergic reaction to the nasal steroids I was taking. Each day the swelling got worse and spread from one place to another — face, hand, and arms. I thought if I could make it till surgery everything would be ok.
Fast-forward about two months. I woke up earlier than normal not feeling well. I noticed swelling in my chest area and I knew something was wrong. This was not a reaction to steroids like we had thought. A few hours in the ER and a few x-rays later it was confirmed: “You have a tumor.”
My blessing in disguise was my cancer diagnosis. I know what you’re thinking: How can cancer be a blessing? Because God is good and His timing was right on schedule as He planned. The day I went to the ER (March 13, 2017) was the day I was scheduled for sinus surgery.
Can you imagine the hundreds of things that could have gone wrong if the surgery had continued as planned? (On that note, my ENT would not have continued with the surgery as scheduled. As a matter of fact, I was in the process of seeing an allergist).
Last year was difficult. But I believe my story is a wonderful testimony of the power of God and will inspire and encourage others to seek His face. Cancer brought me to my knees and closer to my Heavenly Father. He did not put more on me than I could handle without first trusting in Him. He gave me a sense of peace and comfort that I needed on my cancer journey, and He can do the same for you on your journey.
Read along with us for the next few weeks as we explore the gift in God’s Timing.
Can you remember a time when a trial ended up being a blessing in disguise? Share your story with Breath on Paper and encourage others who may be facing a trial of their own.
Recently diagnosed with stage 2 Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, Tonya Masoner continues to write for BoP when she is able. She doesn’t ask “Why me Lord?” She embraces the journey God has set forth for her. The battle has already been won. God has walked before her and now He leads her to victory. Her Breath on Paper bio can be found here.