How often have you heard those words or heard someone say, “Well, it’s probably a blessing in disguise.”
Oh really? I have always found it interesting, amusing and a few times frustrating how someone can think they know best. “Oh, it’s best he/she didn’t get that job, it’s best they broke up, they never would have made it, it’s best they never moved, it’s best, and it’s best.” How it is that someone can be so qualified in all matters that they know what would be best for someone else?
One of the greatest leaders of the free world, Winston Churchill, who had led Great Britain so brilliantly during the darkest days of his country in WWII, was defeated in his bid for re-election as Prime Minister right after the war. Supposedly his wife said to him upon his defeat, “Winston, perhaps this is a blessing in disguise.” To which Churchill replied, “Yes, very heavily disguised.”
During my late high school and all my college years I worked in a bank and had some great experiences. There was a lady who also worked there who was always making comments, evaluations, and predictions about the affairs of others. Some of us guys, not too politely, gave her the name of “The Prophet.” I remember when her daughter “took up with” and married this one certain young man; “took up with” were her words. The Prophet was less than complementary of him and their affairs. “I am afraid my daughter has been led by this duck to a dry pond; it won’t last.” Well her daughter and the “ugly duck” have been married nearly 50 years. Both gained advanced degrees, raised what most would say a beautiful family and they seem quite happy with their lives and with each other.
Evidently the Prophet didn’t know much about ducks and “where they might lead one to find water.” Often we don’t know nearly as much as we think we do, and I think that is especially true when it comes to matters of the heart. The ole Prophet, well, thank goodness she was not leading or they may still be in the wilderness.
October 15, 2010