As a chronic Over-Thinker, I've tried to find balance in the way I deal with troubling circumstances. I classify myself not as an optimist, nor as a pessimist, but as a realist. I attempt to live neither in denial (optimist!) nor under a perpetual cloud (pessimist!).
Often, we Christians feel compelled to label everything a blessing.
I've come to the point where I view that as being just plain dishonest. Yes, life is stuffed full of blessings, beginning with the very first breath I draw upon waking. And God does promise to bring good out of every trial, even turning our mourning into dancing! Amazing! But hard times are not in themselves blessings.
Today as I was flipping through my Quote Book (in which I record important words I want to retain forever), I stumbled upon a good reminder from one of my very favorite books, The Sacred Romance, by Curtis and Eldridge.
"Pretending that life is easier and more blessed than it really is hinders our ability to walk with God and share Him with others. Faith is not the same thing as denial. Blessings come...tend to be infrequent, unpredictable, transient...our journey is shaped more often by dragons and nits- crises that shake us to the core and...troubles that nag us to death...Are they tragic events and random inconveniences, or part of the plot through which God redeems our heart?"
|Even the sparrow has found a home...|