What Did We Miss
Did you miss it? I know I did – often. I’ve discovered I’ve been looking for the silver lining in white clouds. I’ve learned I should have been looking in dark clouds. After all isn’t that the saying “every cloud has a silver lining”? From https://www.ecenglish.com/learnenglish/lessons/why-do-we-say-every-cloud-has-a-silver-lining comes the following information.
‘Every cloud has a silver lining ‘means that you should never feel hopeless because difficult times always lead to better days. Difficult times are like dark clouds that pass overhead and block the sun’.
Really? Better? Get serious! Well – actually I am. Not because I’ve exercised this principle all that often. But enough to know that it’s true. I have a basis for this assertion. First is my own experiences and second is based on the authority of God.
Thankful and Not Anxious
A habit most Christians don’t practice well is thankfulness. Yet it is the key to a successful spiritual life. Thanksgiving is underlined in both scripture passages below.
(1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 WEB) 16Rejoice evermore. 17Pray without ceasing. 18In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
(Philippians 4:6-7 WEB) 6Be anxious for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, will keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
How easy is it for us to think of thanks as an obligation rather than praise. The Psalms are full of both suffering and praise. When we fill our prayers with Trust, Adoration, and Thankfulness our sufferings will diminish. Step by Step we must walk through life confident that God always knows the next step. And there’s always roses along the path for us to smell. In our misery we miss all of the opportunities to see God’s hand and be a part of His ministry to others who need help, encouragement, and solace.
When we’re suffering it’s not time for a list of unmet expectations. It is praise for our salvation. That even in this life we have hope of a better life on down the road either here on earth or after we’ve obtained our Heavenly reward.
We must remember it’s God’s intricate plan for everyone that we are involved in. We’re finite and He’s infinite. God is at work in a fallen world filled with imperfect people with free will. Since Adam and Eve, our common ancestors, got us kicked out of the Garden of Eden we will all suffer for the sins of others and our own sins.
The song below is full of the emotions we all experience when we go through trying circumstances, even catastrophes. But there’s always a light at the end of the tunnel. I will admit that I’m not always confident of this. Because I see many people in church that are not involved in helping people in meaningful ways. God has an answer but we don’t hear Him calling us to be the answer.