Last week, the Crosshair Press website ended up infected with some malware. We use a WordPress-based content management system, so since it’s open source, it’s vulnerable to attacks (apparently). But it was a little scary. Because the whole site was down, and we were getting ready to launch our new web serial, Birdcages.
But I got in touch with the hosting provider and signed up for a protection service, and we got the site all cleaned off. We’re up and running again, and everything is peachy. But there were a few tense moments in there.
So now I’ve got to choose how I look at this issue. It wasn’t a happy moment when I found out that the website had been hacked, but moving forward, I know what to do if it happens again. And I can help someone else if they encounter a similar problem. So when you think about it that way, was it really bad that it happened?
Today’s verses are 2 Corinthians 1:3-4.
All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort. He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us.
Bad stuff happens. Period. The world is broken. People are broken. Life is broken. We hurt each other. We hurt ourselves. We sabotage our own futures.
When bad things happen, it’s easy to get stuck in seeing only the bad, especially if it is truly something awful that’s happened. But the key is to remember that even though your circumstances are bad, God is bigger.
God is big enough to take our worst moments and turn them into something beautiful. God is in the business of redemption, which means He can take the bad stuff and make something wonderful out of it.
We may not know what that wonderful result will be. We may not be able to imagine how God could ever use a horrible event in our lives to bless us, but He can. Because that’s who He is.
And what’s more, yes, God will bless you, but He will also use you to bless other people. The bad stuff that happens to you happens to other people too, and after you’ve come out the other side still smiling, you’ll have hope to offer to others.
So don’t take your struggles for granted. They’re happening for a reason. Even as you’re living through them, God will bless you, and He will bless you on the other side too. And then He’ll help you bless other people. And there’s really nothing better than that.