”Part of the problem is that we don’t know how to define “blessing”. A blessing is not always easy, painless, simple, comfortable or expected. A blessing often comes wrapped in the mystery of darkness. But I am learning the truth….anything that makes us cry out to God can be counted as a blessing”
(Mary Southerland, Girlfriends in God)
When I read this quote I have a sense of deep contentedness. In my younger years (my early 20′s to mid 30′s) I believe I would have argued this point as untrue. I now see where I have discovered blessings that are indeed wrapped in the mystery of darkness. The challenge for me is to remain curious, even in the darkness, what God might be calling me to believe or embrace.
I have had days and even seasons of darkness and it is only when I am looking back on them can I identify the blessings that emerged. Remember, if you are in a day or season of darkness, remember to focus on what you know to be true and pray that God will reveal his presence and blessings to you. And never lose hope, for it is with the loss of hope that I believe the darkness deepens.
IN ALL THINGS, IT IS BETTER TO HOPE THAN TO DESPAIR
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe