On SIlver Linings

ImageThis evening as I was leaving the bustle of the grocery store, trying to figure out why my bill was so high, the beauty of the sky arrested me. I realized that a car had stopped to let me cross so I waved them on, trying to capture the view with my phone’s camera. There were dark clouds with the sun shining from behind giving them the most astounding silver lining. Behind that, the sky was pink, blue and gold, no artist could ever imagine nor capture such beauty as God had displayed right there in front of me. My soul rejoiced and in my spirit I heard “It’s all about the silver lining”. When you are pregnant, I can tell you from experience, the last few weeks seem to last forever, but just when the pain from labor gets unbearable, the child comes into the world, kicking, screaming, hungry, and you forget everything except that precious person you are holding, they were your silver lining. Just before dawn it seems that the whole world is dark, then you see the sliver of sun as it pushes up the horizon and suddenly there is daylight. Noah and his family were on the Ark for many days past the 40 days of rain, and then they saw the rainbow and dry land emerged. Whatever you are going through, no matter how hard or painful it seems, if there is life there is still hope. Hebrews 12:1-2 Do you see what this means—all these pioneers who blazed the way, all these veterans cheering us on? It means we’d better get on with it. Strip down, start running—and never quit! No extra spiritual fat, no parasitic sins. Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we’re in. Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed, that exhilarating finish in and with God he could put up with anything along the way: Cross, shame, whatever. And now he’s there, in the place of honor, right alongside God. When you are in the middle of a terrible time, it seems to go on forever, but we do have the promise that it will end in Psalm 30:5 Weeping may endure for a night, But joy comes in the morning. I have talked with several people this week that feel their whole world is caving in. Do I have answers for them? No. There are situations that I don’t understand, wouldn’t even try, but I know God is able, He knew us before time began. You may have sin in your life you think is unforgivable, but God loves you. If your child were wounded and bleeding, would you punish him or pick him up and try to help? God is our creator, the ultimate parent, our Father; He will pick you up, hold you and help you, no matter what. There is always a silver lining; He gave that to me this evening for myself and to share with you, to tell you not to give up. Psalm 8:1-5 O LORD, our Lord, your majestic name fills the earth! Your glory is higher than the heavens. When I look at the night sky and see the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars you set in place, what are mere mortals that you should think about them, human beings that you should care for them? Yet you made them only a little lower than God and crowned them with glory and honor. An old hymn says “When the storms of life are raging, stand by me, when I do the best I can, and my friends misunderstand, Thou who knowest all about me, stand by me.” I pray your silver lining comes soon, be blessed!

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