After Tom Robinson was give a verdict of guilty, Jem (and the other children) took it hard. Jem took it the hardest. In fact, he could not get over the injustice of the whole trial. In his low point of sorrow, Miss Maudie tried to give him another perspective. She tried to show that Jem was not alone in thinking that the trial was a farce. More importantly, there were good people in the town that were seeking to do the right thing. In a conversation with Jem, Miss Maudie pointed out a few considerations:
Stop eating and start thinking, Jem. Did it ever strike you that Judge Taylor naming Atticus to defend that boy was no accident? That Judge Taylor might have had his reasons for naming him?”
The point that Miss Maudie is making is that even though Atticus lost the trial, Maycomb has good people. There were no accidents here. Good people were trying to set the citizens of Maycomb on a more righteous path. In light of this, Miss Maudie is trying to give Jem some hope.