That scene has been in my mind today as I think about the saying, "Everything comes to us by God's hand."
Sometimes, people who have been terribly hurt by life events take exception to this and similar statements. I don't blame them. If I believed that God had afflicted my mom with Alzheimer's as a sort of blessing in disguise, I would certainly object to the idea that life events that cost us terrible sorrow are actually good in some cosmic way we can't yet see.
In my early days as a caregiver, I struggled with the facts of my mother's suffering and the burdens I carry because of her Alzheimer's disease. I cried out in prayer and sought help through Scripture, aware of the Holy Spirit's comfort and help. In chapter ten of my book, My Mom Has Alzheimer's: Inspiration and Help for Caregivers, I recorded the guidance God graciously provided in response to those prayers:
God does not willingly bring grief or suffering (See Lamentations 3:33;) His will flows over all that is grievous and changes darkness to light (See Psalm 18:28;) all things are incorporated into and transformed by His perfect will (See Romans 8:28;) where time and eternity touch, His will is done on earth as in Heaven (See Matthew 6:10;) we can’t yet perceive what we will one day see clearly because we walk by faith and not by sight. (See 1 Corinthians 13:12.)We are like that infant in the scene I described at the beginning of this post. No outside influence touches us that is not covered by the protection of God's Hand.
Alzheimer's is not in any way a good thing, but the Lord has blessed us through it. The blessings have come by the Lord's protective power and not from the disease itself.