Song of Solomon 2:15 “Take us the foxes, the little foxes, that spoil the vines: for our vines have tender grapes.” (KJV)
This Scripture came into my mind recently. So often, little things can steal our joy. A good mood can be ruined easily by someone’s insensitive, cutting criticism. A financial blessing can be spoiled when a person learns how much they’ll have to pay in taxes.
However, the reverse is true too. Something bad can be reversed by something small yet positive.
If you’re having a bad day, yet a handsome stranger smiles at you, does that not improve your day? It certainly does mine. Or, when you put your hand in your pocket to find a few dollars you didn’t know were there, would that not brighten your day at least a little?
When you’ve been through some awful things in your life, it’s easy to cling to the negative while ignoring the positive. Especially if you’ve grown up with at least one narcissistic parent. They are truly the most negative people you can meet- if there is a bad way to look at a situation, they’ll find it. And, they train their children to do the same thing. It can be a hard habit to break, but it is well worth it.
I’m not one to advocate being overly positive & optimistic, because people who are out of balance that way tend to be disappointed constantly. However, I do encourage people to be realistic & yet still positive. Sometimes, things just stink & nothing can make it better. However, there are also many more times when your situation stinks but there are tiny blessings around you that can help you to get through it.
God has been showing me lately that good can be found in a great deal of negative situations. Flashbacks & nightmares even have their purpose. Yes, they’re incredibly awful at the time they happen, but once they’re done, if I look at them, I realize they often show me areas where I need more healing. I believe they happen when they do because God basically says, “Now is the time to face this.” Every time I do, I make another step towards healing.
I’ve also noticed that when I’m very depressed or upset about something, my cats will do silly things or snuggle me more than usual. To me, that is a wonderful blessing because even in my worst moods, they can make me smile.
The point is, Dear Reader, that there are often silver linings in even the darkest clouds, & those silver linings can help get you through. Not to make us overly optimistic to the point of being foolish, but to help strengthen us when we need it the most. If you’re having trouble finding those silver linings, then by all means, ask God to help you to be aware of them. He will! Be sure to notice everything, even the tiniest things, because God has sent them to help you! Even something small like noticing the blooms on a majestic magnolia tree in the middle of summer.. as common as that is, it’s still a beautiful thing to see if you love magnolias. Maybe God put you in the path of that lovely tree to bring you a little joy at the specific time you needed it. Enjoy it. Revel in it. It’s a gift from God just for you.