When really bad things happen to other people, once you finish doing what you can do to help those people (which, most of the time is time spent on your knees in prayer for them), it’s then that you can take a moment to appreciate the good things that God gave you that day.
In his book, “Where is God When It Hurts,” Philip Yancey explains that one of the good things about pain is that, without it, we wouldn’t have a concept of what it really means to be healthy. This certainly applies on the physical level, but it also applies to our emotional state. Without loss, we wouldn’t understand gain. For those who have survived life-threatening illness, for example, every day when you don’t feel sick or that illness stays in remission is a good day.
Too often, we get so caught up in the day-to-day challenges of work, housework, cooking, errands, that we forget to appreciate the “normality” of that day. What a blessing dirty dishes can be! What an even bigger blessing the sight of butterflies and birds outside my window.
Bad things are going to happen in an evil world, even to those who believe in the One who gave His all for us. Believing that God “works to the good all things for those who believe in Him,” is sometimes hard to do when really bad things happen. But, isn’t that what faith is all about?