Friday, May 7, 2010

where did all the silver linings go?

inspiration: "Every cloud has a silver lining."

life isn't easy. it never has been and never will be.
i commented on a friend's facebook status

"life is hard because we live in an imperfect world with imperfect people. some circumstances are out of our control and all we can do is trust that everything will work out for the best :) and it always will :)"

i didn't think much of it, because that's just the way i view life (well, that's just the tip of the iceberg). but a couple other people commented on it as well saying that they liked my words, i guess.

but we all get hit between the eyes by life and we ask ourselves "Where did all the silver linings go?" (maybe not in those words, though). life is hard. no doubt about it.

one of my favorite verses of all time:

Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. --James 1:2-4

God doesn't reveal Himself to us immediately when we ask Him for things (see my post here). He wants us to be patient and trust in His plans for us. everything will always work out for the best. it may take time and it sure takes a lot of patience. but God grants us that patience and strength when we call on Him to do so.

we learn from every situation, good and bad. if everything were easy and handed to us, we would never learn. we would never appreciate the healing process, the growing process, the learning process...call it whatever you like.

God allows us (contrary to what most believe, He doesn't cause it...but that's a whole different issue for a different time) to experience the bad because He wants us to appreciate the good. He is Goodness defined and when we are able to focus on the good, we are truly focused on the blessings He has poured out on us. He wants us to see Him (aka the silver lining) in every situation.

James understood that well. He knew that in every situation, God was at work behind the scenes, so to speak. Every trial and test is actually a blessing because once we find the "silver lining", we have actually grown and matured and persevered. We are better off now than we were before because of that test :)

Every cloud has a silver lining.

Every situation is a situation in which to encounter God at His greatest :)

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