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  • Writer's pictureSherry Kirkland

Blessings In Disguise

On a trip with my sister, she had her belongings in a large duffle bag. As we travelled through the airport it seemed like everyone else had a small bag or a suitcase with wheels. As we stepped onto the escalator, me and my husband rolled our bags onto the stairs. My sister on the other hand had to lift her bag onto the stairs, where she let her bag rest until we continued our journey through the airport.

We were at Charlotte Douglas International Airport, which is pretty big, so we had a lot of walking to do. I remember that as my sister lifted her bag for the first time she mumbled or half way whispered that she wished she had a 'sticky thing'. She was referring to the long handle that slides out of the suitcase so that you can pull and direct your bag as you walk around. I think it is actually called a telescopic handle.

We laughed it a little bit at her comment and remained on our way to our concourse area to board our plane. Nothing else was mentioned about her bag until we made it to our final destination. While in the baggage claim area, we were all locating and reclaiming our bags. That is everyone except for my sister, she was directed to another area with security guards. They led her to her duffle bag, a bag that look like it had exploded. This was not what you want to see at the very beginning of your vacation.

She had to go through all of her belongings to see if anything was missing. But to our surprise the airport supplied her with a bag to repack all of her things. It took her a while but after reorganizing and putting her things in the new bag she realized that there wasn't anything missing. Which was great but even more appreciable was the fact that this bag was nicer than the one she had. It was brand new, with wheels and low and behold in a secret compartment there was a 'sticky thing'. Exactly what she was wishing for a few hours prior.

I share this story to let you know that not every bad thing that happens to you is a curse. If you just wait, access the situation and handle it, without over reacting you just might realize that it was a blessing in disguise. Think about different situations that we all go through, losing a job, the ending of friendships and relationships. Even a car accident can be the thing that grows your faith (This speaks to my brother's current situation). When one door closes another one opens.

Any trial or tribulation that may be an inconvenience but eventually leads you to something better. Just may be a blessing in disguise. So remain positive and remain faithful no matter what the situation, you never know how God can turn it all the way around.

Job is the perfect example of this, he never cursed God for his afflictions and he was blessed tremendously in the end (If you don't know the story please read the book of Job).

2 Corinthians 12:10 10Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.

Job 5:17 17"Blessed is the one whom God corrects; so do not despise the discipline of the Almighty.

Ecclesiastes 7:2-4 2It is better to go to the house of mourning, than to go to the house of feasting: for that is the end of all men; and the living will lay it to his heart. 3Sorrow is better than laughter: for by the sadness of the countenance the heart is made better. 4The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning; but the heart of fools is in the house of mirth.

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