In 1945, Cliff Barrows and his fiancée, Billie, had scraped together enough money for a simple wedding and two train tickets to a city with a resort hotel.
On arrival, however, they found the hotel shut down. Stranded in an unfamiliar city with little money, they thumbed a ride. A sympathetic driver took them to a grocery store owned by a woman he knew. The newlyweds spent their first night in a room above the store.
The next day, when the lady overheard Cliff playing Christian songs on his trombone, she arranged for them to spend the rest of their honeymoon at a friend’s house. Several days later the host invited them to attend a youth rally where a young evangelist was speaking.
The song leader that night was sick, and Cliff was asked to take charge of the music for the service. The young evangelist happened to be Billy Graham. This turned out to be a match made in heaven. Cliff Barrows served as Billy Graham’s lifelong associate in ministry and crusade song leader.
This just goes to show you that God has a plan for you, even when things aren’t working out the way you had hoped they would. Don’t let a bad day, or week, or year, or decade take away the hope that God will surely work things out for the best. Remember what Romans 8:28 says—“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”