Glimpse of a Silver Lining

“Behind every dark cloud there’s a silver lining.”

The idea behind this famous phrase may have originated with seventeenth century writer John Milton. The optimistic Victorians popularized it in the nineteenth century.

If we were doing a small group together, I might ask you, “What are some things in your life that obscure your vision of God’s presence and activity in your life?” It’s not hard to come up with a long list. Almost anything can get in the way – even good things.

He’s the Giver behind every good gift in life. He is the Source of every need, and the Satisfaction of those needs. He’s our Comforter in the darkness of sorrow. Strength in the face of challenges. He’s our Light in the darkness. He is Truth in the midst of lies and confusion.

2 Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits,
3 who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases,
4 who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy,
5 who satisfies you with good so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. – Psalm 103: 2-5

Don’t let the realities of this life obscure your vision of the greater realities of the unseen, eternal realm and the loving God who rules over all.

I pray that every blessing , every challenge, and even every dark cloud becomes another opportunity to see the light of the Everpresent One shining through. When we catch a glimpse of it, I pray that He rolls back the clouds for us to see a breath-taking view of Him in all His glory! I pray this for myself and for you as well.

Shalom, Dottie

4 thoughts on “Glimpse of a Silver Lining

  1. Well said ma’am. I have to remind myself often that even though it’s a cloudy, gray, blustery day, the sun still rose this morning and it is still shining behind all those clouds. God’s presence is much like that. Even though we might not feel it in the moment, He is still there with us during every step. I say that, but I have to admit that my pain comes when I realize He is still with me, but my sinful behavior has caused Him to look away from me. I think that’s what the Holy Spirit’s conviction is, God turning His eyes from our sin. That’s why, for me, I think it hurts so much when I sin. God’s blessings ma’am; and thank you so much for this oh so important reminder to always look for Him.


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