“Every cloud has a silver lining”. There are many variations on that theme. Here’s a few from one source among thousands (hundreds of thousands?) you can find in the wild frontier of data known as the World Wide Web….
Too many people miss the silver lining because they’re expecting gold.
But you have no silver linings without a cloud.
Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase. Just take the first step.
There are always flowers for those who want to see them.
Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.
You’re probably thinking, “why are you even bringing this up”? Well, to be a bit more vulnerable in this blog, I’m in a bit of a cloud at the moment. I recently took a new position that is nothing like I thought it would be. I’m trying to see a silver lining but in my finite view of life, I feel like what Dashiell Hammett, an author, once said….
You got to look on the bright side, even if there ain’t one.
I’ve had some crummy jobs in my life as I’m sure many of you have had. But I do believe this one takes the prize…the cake…the cherry on top. I don’t need to go into details about it. That isn’t the point. My point in this blog is what do you do when you are in the midst of a “cloud” in your life? How do you approach it? What is the silver lining you look for, “even if there ain’t one”? Life is going to offer disappointments. It’s the rare person who, from day 1, has the perfect life.
Well, for me, the silver lining is hope. Hope is an interesting word. It really can have different perspectives for different people. Here is a good definition of hope for me…
“Faith shows the reality of what we hope for; it is the evidence of things we cannot see.” Hebrews 11:1
Some of you may have gathered by now in my writings that I’m a believer in Jesus Christ. He’s my hope. He is who I put my faith in whether the current season of life is easy or hard. When I can’t see where the silver lining is or when it might even appear, I try to look even more fervently to Him. I fail sometimes. I sometimes try to do it on my own and just end up more weary than ever. But when I do look to Him for hope, I find a strength to go on even when I cannot see the end result yet. I understand what works for me might not work for you. But you need to find something that will give you hope, a silver lining, when all is not going well. If you’ve tried other options, then maybe try Jesus. You’ve given other things a shot; what do you have to lose?
This image is what prompted my recent reflections about finding a silver lining in my current job predicament.
Taken from atop Scanda Peak looking down on Albuquerque NM, I was privileged to watch this storm come through all the way to where I was standing on the peak. The light upon the city from the sun reminded me of the phrase, “every cloud has a silver lining”. It was a ruggedly beautiful day up there on Scandia Peak, which is located within the Cibola National Forest. It rained off and on with periodic lightning. At other times, the sky was blue and full of cumulus or puffy clouds. Sometimes both were happening at once. You saw one weather pattern looking one direction and then another one when you shifted your view. At the top of the peak, I was enjoying a 360 degree panorama of changing weather, often from one minute to the next. This particular image was one of my more favorite ones from that day. I just love the dynamics going on within the image. As I was shooting this image, I had it in my head that it would be a great B/W image due to the tonal contrasts of the lights and shadows going on. I don’t do a lot of B/W photography but I do love it when the right opportunity comes along. I feel it can convey emotions not otherwise experienced in color images.
I continued to watch this storm progress toward me. I was in awe of how everything in front of me was slowly fading into a blur from the downpour approaching me. I hung in there for as long as I could. My last image is not anything technically great or even visually appealing but I captured it to remind me of what I last saw. Rain was already starting to pelt me as I took this shot. I quickly packed up, rain back to the car and drove down the mountain as the skies unleashed a torrential rain.
This last image is sometimes what it can feel like when life is cloudy. But as one can also see in this image, there is a silver lining to be found. Sometimes it comes quicker than other times. Sometimes it requires faith to believe it is coming. Sometimes it requires just taking taking that first step into the unknown and then persevering until you come out the other side. But it’s there. For me, it’s in the person of Jesus Christ. I’m still not sure what the end result from my current job is going to be. But I choose to hope something good is coming out of it. If you are in such a season of cloudiness, what is your silver lining?
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The Coming Storm