John 9:2-3
“His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” “Neither this man, nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him.”

John 11:3-4
“So the sisters sent word to Jesus, “Lord, the one you love is sick.” When he heard this, Jesus said, “This sickness will not end in death. No, it is for God’s glory so that God’s Son may be glorified through it.” 
Bad things happen. God is not surprised or caught off guard by this, nor is He left stammering and trying to articulate a reason–because the end result is that God will be glorified through it all. The blind man who was healed and Lazarus both accepted their role in the story, because they were willing to glorify God through the tough seasons. 
There are days that everything seems to be going great, and also days when everything seems to fall apart. When tragedy strikes, when things are uncomfortable, and when things don’t seem “fair”, I need to remember that the purpose is for God to be glorified in my life. I may be stumbling in blindness, or lying on my deathbed, but I can still rest in complete confidence that He loves me, and that He will prove Himself once again in my life as I surrender to His divine plan for me. 
God, thank you that you are not surprised or caught off guard by any situation that I face. Thank you that your plans for me are good! I pray that you would be glorified in my life through every circumstance and every season. 

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