Do you think life would be better without your trials? At six weeks old, a common cold caused inflammation in Fanny’s eyes. Mustard poultices were mistakenly used to treat her eye condition, and they made matters worse. At the age of 3, Fanny found out she would never be able to see again.

Fanny didn’t get bitter at God. She didn’t focus on her problem and complain because life wasn’t fair. Instead, she accepted the hardship God had allowed in her life and made up her mind that she would still live for Him. God gave her a gift for poetry, and at 8 years old, she wrote her first poem:

Oh what a happy soul I am,
Although I cannot see;
I am resolved that in this world
Contented I will be.

How many blessings I enjoy,
That other people don’t;
To weep and sigh because I’m blind,
I cannot, and I won’t.

Fanny Crosby went on to write over 8,000 hymns, including the well-known favorites, “Blessed Assurance,” “Praise Him, Praise Him,” and “To God Be the Glory”. But she would have never accomplished so much for God if she hadn’t been blind. Her words are appropriate for anyone going through hardship:

It seemed intended by the blessed providence of God that I should be blind all my life, and I thank Him for the dispensation. If perfect earthly sight were offered me tomorrow I would not accept it. I might not have sung hymns to the praise of God if I had been distracted by the beautiful and interesting things about me.

Friend, what you see as a limitation—poor health, a disability, your financial situation, even your singleness—may be the very thing God uses to carry out His perfect will. It takes rain to make a rainbow. Have you thanked God for His showers in your life?

Although the world is full of suffering, it is full also of the overcoming of it. — Helen Keller

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder