Everyday across the world when we turn on our television we hear and see tragedies. There are breaking news events all the time around the world. More recently, we have heard more stories that relate to gun violence. We hear stories of loss of life do to all types of illnesses. Cancer is one that we hear about all the time. But most of the time we fail to hear about the blessings that came from these tragic events. I remember experiencing tragedy recently in my family that I will share with you and recently I heard a tragic story that I will share with you that turned into a blessing.
In March of last year, my family experienced a tragic unexpected event. My aunt several days after mother’s day passed away unexpectedly. It caught my whole family off-guard. This was something that was totally unexpected. There were no known signs of illness that my family was aware of. Her unexpected death, brought together some of my family that hadn’t seen each others for years. It also brought some family relationships that were broken back together with reconciliation. The blessing that came from our tragic event, was that relationships were restored. I’m almost positive, that some of my family would have never made the effort or made it their priority to rebuild the relationships that had been broken. The next story I will share is not a story of my own. But it’s a story that I recently heard and have to share.
I can’t remember the woman name in this story, so I will just call her Heather. Heather had gotten hurt so she had to have surgery for a hernia. The doctor told Heather and her family that it would be a minor surgery. While in surgery, a complication occurred and Heather began to hemorrhage. Heather’s heart stopped on the operating table during the surgery. Heather was dead, until the doctors revived her. Heather was in a coma for 3 weeks and she had gotten worse. Her doctor told her husband that he should start planning her funeral because she wasn’t going to make it. Her husband and family began to pray daily. Miraculously, Heather came out of her coma, as if nothing ever went wrong. Heather’s doctor who was an atheist was so amazed that he at that moment, gave his life to Christ. Heather’s doctor is now a minister preaching the gospel around the world. The blessing that came from Heather’s tragic experience, is that it brought her doctor to Christ. There are many people in the bible that had tragic events that turned into a blessing.
Joseph was sold into slavery by his family which is very tragic. Joseph became a slave and from a slave to second in command of Potiphar’s house, to being an accused rapist,prisoner, and then a deliver of his family and a nation. Genesis 37:26-28. 26 Judah said to his brothers, “What will we gain if we kill our brother and cover up his blood? 27 Come, let’s sell him to the Ishmaelites and not lay our hands on him; after all, he is our brother, our own flesh and blood.” His brothers agreed. 28 So when the Midianite merchants came by, his brothers pulled Joseph up out of the cistern and sold him for twenty shekels of silver to the Ishmaelites, who took him to Egypt. Here’s the blessing from Joseph tragic event. Genesis 45:3-7. 3 Joseph said to his brothers, “I am Joseph! Is my father still living?” But his brothers were not able to answer him, because they were terrified at his presence. 4 Then Joseph said to his brothers, “Come close to me.” When they had done so, he said, “I am your brother Joseph, the one you sold into Egypt! 5 And now, do not be distressed and do not be angry with yourselves for selling me here, because it was to save lives that God sent me ahead of you. 6 For two years now there has been famine in the land, and for the next five years there will be no plowing and reaping. 7 But God sent me ahead of you to preserve for you a remnant on earth and to save your lives by a great deliverance.
There was Moses, who was taken from his family as a baby who had to live with the Egyptians, tragic. Only to be used to deliver his people from the same people in the end. There was Job who lost everything he had including his family,and his possessions,tragic. Then God blessed him with a double portion of what he had because he had spoken right by God. There was Hannah that prayed to the Lord for a child promising to give it back to the Lord. God gave her a son named Samuel who she dedicated to him. Tragic because she had to give the only son she had up. But God blessed her with more children to replace the one she gave to him. There was Saul, who was later known as Paul, who slaughtered many Christians, tragic. But this Saul name was changed to Paul, and he went on preaching,teaching and leading others to Christ. Lastly, the most tragic event that was ever recorded, that turned into a blessing. Was God giving up his one and only son JESUS CHRIST for us to be saved for our sins!!!! A tragedy that turned into the best blessing of all time. So if, or when you experience a tragedy, remember these stories above and try to look for a blessing, in your tragedy!!!