We hear it all the time; our problems are intended to help us become a better version of ourselves. But let's get honest, when 'the fit hits the shan', it isn't very easy for us to accept the idea that it's all happening for our greater good.
For those of us who really try, it can be extremely difficult to find the silver lining in some of our problems. In the midst of chaos how do we really practice the idea of becoming better rather than bitter?
I think the key word here is 'practice'. Embracing our problems as tools for our greater good requires consistent practice. Wouldn't it be cool if when things went wrong we immediately looked for the silver lining? Imagine skipping past all the hurt, pain and anger and instead jumping right into the idea of, "What's this really all about?" How would doing this impact your life? Doesn't it feel like the fast track?
I admit that this isn't always my first reaction although it is certainly one I strive for. When I do choose this perspective, I can encounter a problem, deal with it and move on with gratitude all in the same day… sometimes all in five minutes.
The way I look at it, getting stuck in our pain and bitterness when it comes to our problems does nothing but distract us from seeing the whole picture.
If your problems are making you bitter rather than better, it's time for you to start practicing this idea more often. You may not always understand why things are happening the way they are but during those times when you don't understand, get on your knees and pray, because it's true what they say, our problems were meant to make us better not bitter.
Dear God, please help me see the silver lining in my problems this week. When I cannot find the silver lining, help me to trust that everything going on in my life is for my greater purpose somehow, someway. You are my supply and I am safe with you always. Thank you. I love you. And so it is.