Fanny Crosby, the famous hymn writer considered it a blessing to be blind she was not born blind, but at the age of six weeks she had a minor cold in the eyes. The family physician was gone, and another man came and treated her with a mustard poultice on the eyes, permanently destroying her sight.
Instead of entering into litigation and a malpractice suit, as many would do today, her mother and grandmother (father died before her first birthday) chose instead to focus on teaching and helping Fanny to learn to know and love the Lord, so that she would have spiritual insight.
Later in life, Fanny wrote this poem:
Oh, what a happy soul am I,
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!
Fanny never became bitter about her blindness. One time a preacher sympathetically remarked, "I think it is a great pity that the Master did not give you sight when He showered so many other gifts upon you." She replied quickly, "Do you know that if at birth I had been able to make one petition, it would have been that I should be born blind?" "Why?" asked the surprised clergyman.
"Because when I get to heaven, the first face that shall ever gladden my sight will be that of my Saviour!"