THE SILVER LINING

Picture this, above the clouds lies a beauty that only can be seen from an airplane.  When the plane takes off from the runway there is this beautiful blue sky, we see the sunshine, the clear waters below, the mountain tops, the greenery, the trees, WOW!!  God’s creation is amazing!!  Just when the plane starts to reach the right altitude and begins leveling out, we see the clouds beyond the horizon.  I love the clouds, when I think about clouds, I see them as a creation of white puffs of cotton balls in the sky.  From a distance clouds appear to be white, as we get closer to the clouds, they appear dark and gloomy. For me, the first thought is “Yuck, I want the blue sky and the puffy white cotton balls back”. Sometimes we see clouds morphed into images; they move so fast that when we look away for one second there is a puff of something else, or they are moving in a different direction.  It is beyond majestic how amazing our God’s creations are, above the clouds and below, that my eyes are blessed to see.  I am in awe!

Every Cloud Has A Silver Lining

“So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal”  

 2 Corinthians 4:18

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Above Photos Credit: By Connie Ann Farmer

Where is God in the storms, where is God when the struggles are present in our life, where is God in the pain and suffering?  All valid questions.  He is ever present in everything that happens in our lives, easy to say, yet, for some, hard to believe.  We operate on the seen rather than the unseen, God desires us to operate on Faith, the unknown, the unseen as His word says in 2 Corinthians 4:18.

Psalms 57:10 “For your unfailing love is as high as the heavens.  Your faithfulness reaches to the clouds.”

Psalms 108:4 “For your unfailing love is higher than the heavens.  Your faithfulness reaches to the clouds.”

Visualize the triumphant end coming to the trial that we are facing.  In both scriptures, we read the same thing, God is faithful in His promises of unfailing love; His promise is always there. He is faithful, and He is unfailing in His love for all of us.   It is our eyes that need to be opened to look past the dark clouds.  Let us look in faithfulness beyond the cloud to the Silver Lining He has prepared for us in Heaven.  His mercy is great unto the heavens, and the truth is beyond the clouds.  The truth is looking up and looking beyond our circumstances, beyond our struggles, beyond the pain and suffering as God has prepared us for so much more. To see that here on earth is beyond our comprehension and too much for us to bear.

Live in praise and faithfulness to Him for the struggles you face, and He will come face to face with you during those struggles.  Open your heart, your mind, and your eyes to see the beauty in the clouds of trials and heartache.  God prepared and eternal place for you, trust that HE has your Silver Lining just beyond those dark clouds.

Go back to the airplane scenario, you’re flying through those dark clouds, it’s blurry, it’s fuzzy, you can’t see what is beyond, however, you know that you will be coming through that cloud and while you may not know when, or what it will look like, you have a hope for something beautiful, something that is so amazing that your excitement is beyond measure.  You see the sunshine again, your face lights up with a smile from ear-to-ear and your heart is just full of happiness as you see the clear blue sky. You are above the clouds; you have surpassed the storm, you are stronger and have overcome the pain and struggles you were facing, your faith is stronger because you reached through that darkness with hope, with love, with perseverance and the power of the Almighty Father carrying you through to His magnificent creation…The Silver Lining. 

Seek God first in all you do, HE is your Silver Lining!

Smiles, Hugs, and Love,

Connie Ann

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