Some years ago I accidentally spilt a few drops of wine on my Bible. It was open on the table at Matthew 26 and the drops forever stained the pages.
Whilst annoying at the time (and when that Bible was a lot newer), afterwards it was great to have those red wine stains on the page. Even though the stains have faded now, whenever I read Matthew 26 from that Bible I’m treated to a graphic reminder of the events described in that chapter – the symbol of Christ’s blood dripped alongside his significant words:
“For this is my blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.” (Matthew 26:28)
Like that wine, Christ’s blood was shed as he died on that cross. But his death wasn’t an accident. He let himself be killed because he knew what his death would achieve – our release from the curse of sin and death.
Spilling some wine on such a significant place in the Bible is what we might think of as a happy accident. Something goes wrong which turns out to be right or good. I’m sure we all have them from time to time. Though, in a sense, every so-called accident is a happy one for a believer because God is working in our lives. The accidents will be happy because God has allowed them for our benefit.
However, it’s not always easy to see it this way. It’s not natural to think of accidents in a positive way. Sometimes things happen in our lives that make us think God no longer cares about us. But God has told us quite clearly:
“I (God) will never leave you nor forsake you. So we may boldly say: The Lord is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?” (Hebrews 13:5-6)
No, it’s not natural to think positively when accidents happen, because it’s spiritual. A spiritual way of thinking puts life’s accidents into context. We can trust that whatever occurs in life, it cannot truly harm us.
No, it’s not always easy. But maybe in the long run it’s actually a lot easier than believing that life is against you, or that nothing ever goes right for you.
It’s called a positive faith.