Things May Turn Out Better Than You Think

January 19, 2017

Roger Campbell

Roger Campbell

The woman in the hospital bed beside which I stood seemed to be near the end of her life. She had suffered a severe stroke and was in a deep coma. Her heavy breathing added a sad background to the sorrowful scene. I prayed for her, but with little faith. Everything seemed to be so settled and final.

One week later, however, she came out of the coma and was soon back at her farm home busy about her housework. Visitors there found her as positive and thankful for daily blessings as before her illness. God had granted her more years to serve Him and she was not surprised. Her additional time to live provided this woman of prayer many more opportunities to speak to others about her Lord and His love.

“I have but one year to live,” said a tearful woman who had just received a terminal diagnosis from her doctor. “I may not have that long,” I replied, stressing the uncertainty of life’s duration for all. In caring for the details related to her expected upcoming death, this troubled woman decided to fly to Rhode Island to spend some time with her brother while she had time to do so. Upon returning from her visit with her healthy brother, she had to fly back to Rhode Island…to attend his funeral.

A heartbroken teen told me how she dreaded the coming months. Her grandmother had just been given a diagnosis by her doctor that predicted pain, suffering and death. But the months that followed weren’t terrible at all. The predicted pain and suffering for this grandmother never arrived. Instead, the prayers of her family and church were answered. Grandma had been in her mid-eighties when this disturbing diagnosis had been made and in her mid-nineties she received a proposal for marriage.

A missionary friend of mine entered the hospital for surgery. Upon opening him, however, the doctors found him to be so full of cancer that surgery would do him no good. He was sent home and told he had about six months to live.

In view of their expected short time left together, this servant of God and his wife settled on a Bible verse to be an anchor for their faith through this storm: Philippians 1:20: “So now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether by life or by death.”

When my friend related this experience to me it was fourteen years after he had been sent home to die. And at our last contact, he was headed for another mission field to serve his Lord.  Murphy’s law (whatever can go wrong will) is not Divine so no matter how bad things look today, expect the best tomorrow.
Doubt your doubts. Believe your beliefs. Faith makes the difference.

The highly regarded nineteenth century minister, C.H. Spurgeon, observed: “A little faith will bring your soul to heaven, but great faith will bring heaven to your soul.” Take heart. Things may turn out better than you think. “For with God nothing shall be impossible” (Luke 1:37).

Roger Campbell was an author, broadcaster and columnist who was a pastor for 22 years. Contact us at

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