Friday, October 16, 2009
Looking for The Silver Lining
One of my most favorite things about the rain is when there is a break in the storm and the sun begins to shine, you get to see the most fabulous promise of God. I remember seeing one so brilliant it looked almost glow in the dark with all the brilliant, bright colors. However just when you attempt to capture that one film, it never does come out quite like you are seeing it.
We have to care enough to look for the beauty in each day, search for the good, and rejoice in the best. If we don't, we'll miss it, as I might have missed the rainbow that day. It will pass us by and may be lost to us forever.
Though the sky may be rainy and the sun hidden from view by dark clouds, there are still treasures to be discovered. Do not give in to weakness and weariness - rise in your strength. Remember, the rainbow is a symbol of the promise of God. He gave it to Noah as a promise never to destroy the earth by flood again, as we read in Genesis 9:13-17.
God's Word is full of promises, so lift your eyes and look for the rainbow. It will brighten your heart, dry your tears, and restore your faith.
Here is the key. Get into the habit of looking for the silver lining of the storm clouds and focus on the beauty of life and you will surely find it. Don't let anyone else put blinders on your soul. Don't be discouraged, no matter how distressed you are or how confusing things appear to be. Look for the rainbow. Your sorrow will vanish deep in the center of each gorgeous hue.
Stop telling God how big your storm is; instead, tell your storm how big God is! Say aloud the following scriptures verses: "My God shall supply all my need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus" (Philippians 4:19 NKJV); or "Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest" (Matthew 11:28 NKJV); or "Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid...for the Lord, your God, He is the One who goes with You" (Deuteronomy 31:6 NKJV).
The bigger you make God, the smaller your problems become. Each promise is a rainbow designed from the heart of the Fathers' love, and that love is always with you, whatever the circumstances may be.
He will take you by the hand, stand by your side, and see you through difficult times. How wonderful it is that we can look to a loving Father who will take care of us.
Trust Him, enjoying each day; and look ahead, expecting wonderful things to materialize. God has an assignment for you to accomplish. He is a miracle worker, and He know what He is doing. "I know the Lord is always with me. I will not be shaken, for he is right beside me." Psalm 16:8 NLT.
A happy person is not a person in a certain set of circumstances, but rather someone with a certain set of attitudes. Continually look up to God. Happiness is being aware of His great love for you. Cheerfulness is a natural attribute of that awareness.
You have the ability to choose your response in any given situation. Nothing of value in life ever comes easily. Life is a testing time. You can never pass the test without studying the Book and knowing the promises. Believing in them will get you an A+.
God has given you the extraordinary power to choose the way you think, act, and achieve. Trust in the goodness of God. A strong, faith-filled, optimistic outlook will help you feel better through a medical crisis, whatever the physical outcome.
Whatever we do...everything is going to turn out great! Now that is true optimism.
Today's Tip: Encourage a friend, a loved one or family member that is feeling down and out. Help them to look for the rainbow today.