Sometimes things happen in our lives that don't quite make sense. The unexpected occurs and we wonder why. We wonder "why me?" or "Why now?" Well as I too have thought these very things this week, I stopped and thought to myself... perhaps I am looking at things from the wrong perspective. Maybe what I should be saying is "Why not?" perhaps the question on the tip of my mind should be "What have I to learn from this experience? What can I gain that will help me progress in the future?" I like to think that everything happens for a reason. Things come and go, but knowledge is the one thing that will remain. At the end of the day, things get better. We cannot change others actions. Other people's actions will sometimes have an effect on ourselves. People often claim that what they do will only reflect on them... They think that their actions have no influence on the lives of those around them. Well I disagree. Everything we do has an effect on other people. If not immediately, then somewhere down the line, that action will have some repercussions.
Sometimes in life you are stuck outside in the rain without an umbrella. No matter what you do, ultimately you are going to get wet. You may not have for seen a storm. But guess what... It happened. Can we control the weather? Nay...no more than we can control another human being. Now as you are standing outside getting wet, you have two options. You can choose to get angry and let your emotions get the better of you. You can let this have a direct impact on how the rest of your day will go, or... you can choose to lift your head to the skies and smile. You can choose to see it for what it is... a storm that will pass. Why not enjoy the fresh rain water falling on your face. Why not let it cleanse you. You can choose how this will effect you for the rest of the day. I relate this to problems in our lives. Problems that we may have not seen coming. Problems that we may not have caused but have effected us anyways. We can choose to become down and angry and frustrated, or we can choose to look heavenward. We can choose to see the situation for what it is... a storm that will pass. We can ask ourselves "What have I to learn from this experience? How can I take what I have learned and apply to the future? How can I help to prevent a situation like this from happening again?" Now if you choose to look up, you will eventually see the sun come through when the rain is gone. It may not happen right away, but eventually it will. If you choose to look down, you are going to miss the sun. You will miss the light shining on you. So what I have to say is... LOOK UP! Keep your head high. There is light. There is warmth. Embrace it. Never let your situations overpower your true purpose here. If you look long enough, you will eventually see God and his light shining down on you!