A Matter of Perspective

Bernard Gilpin was accused of heresy before Bishop Bonner, and shortly thereafter was sent to London for trial. Gilpin’s favorite saying was, “All things are for the best.” He set out on his journey with that attitude, but on his way fell from his horse and broke his leg.

“Is all for the best now?” a scorner said, mocking Gilpin for his optimism. “I still believe so,” he replied.

He turned out to be right. During the time he was convalescing from the accident, and before he as able to resume his journey, Queen Mary died. Consequently, the case against him was dropped. Instead of being burned at the stake, Gilpin returned home in triumph.

We tend to see all accident and illness that come our way as misfortune caused by the enemy of our souls. That may not always be the case. Rather than spend our energy railing against bad times, perhaps we should direct our effort toward praising the One who promises to work all things together for the good of those who are called according to His purposes. God has many methods and means for accomplishing His plan.

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. ~ Romans 8:28