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Beyond the clouds: blessings in disguise

Clouds and thunder head Labor Day weekend '13

It’s something that happens to most people, whether we like it or not.

Blessings in disguise during difficult times can happen every day to anyone and everyone. We usually don’t see them as a blessing at the time. It is usually afterwards that we begin to see the good that can come out of going through difficulties.

I am not necessarily saying that a good result will come out of every difficult time, as far as what most of us perceive to be good; sometimes we may never see it in our lifetime on this earth, but I would say there will be at least a lesson learned.

Whether the difficulty is financial, health, or relationship-oriented, going through hard times can teach us perseverance, patience, and often not to perhaps repeat a mistake. Maybe it rained on the day we were supposed to have an outdoor event. Maybe the person we thought we were in love with broke off the relationship. Maybe the health condition that we have had to go through taught us to value life even more. Or, maybe the one thing that we repeatedly prayed so hard for ended up not happening and we began to have the wisdom to be glad that it didn’t, whatever the circumstance. There is a song that comes to mind with these lyrics, “Sometimes I thank God for unanswered prayers…”–songwriters Alger, Bastian, and Brooks.  Ultimately, we come to realize that it was for our own good that something did or didn’t happen.

This time-tested phenomenon can teach us at least this: take heart in whatever seems like a bad time or difficult circumstance because it can turn out for good–in the long run. In other words, there can be a blessing in disguise, hidden among the sorrows, the pain, the heartbreak, even the weakness. I am a Christ follower and I truly do believe the words found in the Scriptures:

Romans 8:28 KJV

“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”

During difficult times, we can remember this scripture, be assured, and take comfort in remembering “blessings in disguise.”

 

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