"What seems to us bitter trials are often blessings in disguise."
- Oscar Wilde

Hundred years ago in Scotland, the Clark family had a dream. Clark and his wife worked and saved, making plans for their nine children and themselves to travel to the US. It had taken years, but they had finally saved enough money and had gotten passports and reservations for the whole family on a new liner to the US.

The entire family was filled with anticipation and excitement about their new life. However, 7 days before their departure, the youngest son was bitten by a dog. The doctor sewed up the little boy but hung a yellow sheet on the Clarks' front door. Because of the possibility of rabies, they were being quarantined for 14 days.

The family's dreams were dashed. They would not be able to make the trip to America as they had planned. The father, filled with disappointment and anger, stomped to the dock to watch the ship leave--without the Clark family. The father shed tears of disappointment and cursed both his son and God for their misfortune.

Five days later, the tragic news spread throughout Scotland--the mighty "Titanic" had sunk. The unsinkable ship had sunk, taking hundreds of lives with it. The Clark family was to have been on that ship, but because the son had been bitten by a dog, they were left behind in Scotland.

When Mr. Clark heard the news, he hugged his son and thanked him for saving the family. He thanked God for saving their lives and turning what he had felt a tragedy into a blessing.
~Author Unknown

"Sometimes life doesn't want to give you something you want, not because you don't deserve it, but because you deserve more." 
 ~Author Unknown
Ever so often, reality seems more like a bane than a blessing. 
It is almost impossible to believe that it could possibly be a blessing.
At times like this....it helps to surrender totally and allow ourselves to be guided by The Source That Knows what is best for us....more than we do.Instead of cursing the situation.....why not ask,
"What is the blessing in this situation that I have not yet seen ......and how can I go about this in a way that it turns out to be the greatest blessing of all?"
It is absolutely true that when we change the way we look at things....the things we look at change.