"Gather the leftovers so nothing is wasted." John 6:12
Did you know that what starts as a curse can end as a blessing? When the Mexican boll weevil devastated the southeast Alabama cotton crop, farmers reverted to planting peanuts and ended up producing more than any country in the nation. Consequently the town of Rucker erected a monument bearing this inscription, "In profound appreciation of the boll weevil and what it has done as the herald of prosperity."
When Jesus discovered Lazarus was sick he did not respond till after he had been dead for four days. But because Jesus was waiting did not mean He was not working. He chose to demonstrate His resurrecting power - to prove that nothing is too hard for God. Joseph was falsely imprisoned for 13 years. But God was with him and he went on to save multitudes, including his family who had mistreated him. Joseph's struggles made him better, not bitter. But it could have ended differently if he had not maintained the right attitude. God used Esther to save her people, but first he put her in the position of living where she did not want to live and doing what she did not want to do. Even though a widow, Ruth ended up gleaning in a field where she met and married a wealthy man named Boaz. In addition to bearing him children, she became part of Jesus' ancestral blood line. So if you are struggling to see God's purpose in your suffering today, rest assured He has one. After feeding a multitude Jesus told His disciples, "Gather the leftovers so nothing is wasted." In God's kingdom nothing is ever lost. When you trust Him He makes "all things work together for good" (Romans 8:28).