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Blessings in Disguise

Posted on: 7-15-112014

One of my favorite songs is “Blessings in Disguise” by Laura Story.  This is the chorus from that song:

‘Cause what if your blessings come through rain drops
What if Your healing comes through tears
What if a thousand sleepless nights are what it takes to know You’re near
What if trials of this life are Your mercies in disguise

In our human minds, it’s almost impossible to see trials, tribulations, and tragedies as blessings.  We tend to see them as ranging from mild irritations to heart wrenching devastations.  Some of these last for only brief periods of time, while others drag on for years and years…maybe even the rest of our lives.  We may try to put on a happy face and suffer through our difficulties as if nothing is wrong, but inside, we’re falling apart.  We may do our best to make sense out of the problems we face, but no matter how hard we try, we simply cannot wrap our brains around it.   It’s hard for us to see how the hardships we endure today can work for our good in the future.  We can’t fathom how the tears we pour out today may turn into the smiles of tomorrow.  We can’t see how the “no” God gives us in the present can turn into the “yes” He gives us in the future.  We can’t comprehend how the loss we’ve suffered now can turn into the abundance we gain at a later time.   And there’s a reason we can’t understand…we’re not God.  We don’t have the capability to even begin to understand why things are as they are because we don’t have the ability to see the past, present, and future and how every detail weaves itself together to create the stories that are our lives.  For example, we see the forgotten cell phone that causes us to have to turn around and go back home as an irritation which may make us late to wherever we’re going, but God may see it as the way to help us avoid the car wreck that’s going to happen down the road.  We see the job termination as the road to bankruptcy, but God may see it as the way to force us to take a chance on the job He wants us to have.  We see the prodigal child as unbearable heartache, but God may see it as the way He gets us to truly learn to trust Him. We see the death of a loved one as a loss, but God may see it as the way to get someone to consider their own mortality and decide to turn to Him. We’re all going to suffer in this life, but we need to learn to trust God’s plans, for when we learn to trust Him, we can see the “blessings in disguise”.

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart; lean not on your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your paths.”  Proverbs 3:5-6

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