Black seeds without beauty!
(J.R. Miller, "Help for the Day")
"And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose." Romans 8:28
God does not send us two classes of providences — one good, and one evil. All are good.
Affliction is God's goodness in the seed. It takes time for a seed to grow and to develop into fruitfulness. Many of the best things of our lives come to us first as pain, suffering, earthly loss, or disappointment — black seeds without beauty — but afterward they grow into the rich fruits of righteousness!
"No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it!" Hebrews 12:11