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Wednesday, October 23, 2013
"Burden Blessings - Part 1"
"For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God. For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal." II Corinthians 4:15-18
Frances Jane Crosby was born March 24, 1820, in South East, New York. At the age of six weeks, Fanny caught a slight cold in her eyes. With the family physician being away, another country doctor was called in to treat her. He prescribed hot mustard poultices to be applied to her eyes, which destroyed her sight completely. It was later learned that the man was not qualified to practice medicine, and he had left town and was never heard from again. Fannie never felt any resentment against him, but believed it was permitted by the Lord to fulfill His plans for her life. Her father, John, died when she was 12 months old. When Fanny was five years old, friends and relatives had pooled their money to send her and her mother to see the best eye specialist in the country, Dr. Valentine Mott. He gave them the dreaded answer that they did not want to hear. “Poor child,” he said, “I am afraid you will never see again.” Fanny did not think that she was poor. It was not the loss of her sight that bothered her young heart, it was the thought that she would never be able to get an education like other boys and girls. At the age of eight, Fanny wrote her first recorded poetry:
Oh what a happy soul I am,
Although I cannot see;
I am resolved that in this world
Contented I will be.
How many blessings I enjoy,
That other people don't;
To weep and sigh because I'm blind,
I cannot, and I won't."
At nine years of age, Fanny was moved to Connecticut, where she would stay with her mother and grandmother until she was 15. Her mother was busy making a living for both of them so it was her grandmother who became the greatest influence in her life. Grandmother spent many hours describing the things of nature and heaven to her. But most importantly, she introduced her to the Bible. In those six short years, Fanny had memorized the five books of the Pentateuch, Ruth, many of the Psalms, Proverbs, Song of Solomon and much of the New Testament!
What a valuable lesson Fanny Crosby taught us in facing our problems, and embracing our Saviour. She stands as a testament to us that we can be content in our misfortunes, and we can find blessings in our injuries. Frances Jane Crosby penned over 9,000 hymns! She often said that if she could have had one petition at birth it would have been to live blind; for then, she said, “When I get to Heaven, the face of my Saviour will be the first to gladden my sight.”
Are your burdens bringing you down or drawing you up to Him?