“Rose or Thorn?”
There’s a proverb that goes something like, “Instead of complaining that the rose bush is full of thorns, be happy the thorn bush has roses.” That’s a concept that appeals to me, much like seeing the glass as half full rather than half empty. Many times, though, that is hard, especially in the midst of a horrible situation. For instance, I would never suggest to a parent whose child has just been diagnosed with cancer that her glass is half full.
It might take time, years even, to be able to find something positive in a horrible or tragic situation, and it’s not my intention to put anyone in such a place.
Having said that, for inspiration this week I point you to a detailed summary of the story of Job from the Bible. In presenting it, I’m hoping you will see it as a metaphor for the “bad things” that happen to us. Simply put, there very well may be a useful purpose, a blessing, in them. I’m not suggesting a Christian perspective is the right one, or trying to put forth a belief in God or a higher being.
I’m just hoping to present something that encourages us to consider that blessings sometimes come in painful packages.
Link to Book: “My Grandfather’s Blessings”