We often view a blessing as something that brings us happiness, a vote of approval or a stroke of luck that helps us fulfill our dreams and goals. However, when we define a blessing strictly as receiving what we need for happiness, it seems to evaporate quickly. An abundance of this kind of blessing can produce leanness of the soul. In the song, “Blessings,” Laura Story poses these questions, “What if your blessings come through raindrops? What if your healing comes through tears?”
Are you experiencing a trial that seems to never end? After walking alongside loved ones who cope with mental illness for forty-three years, I can speak about trials that never end! People often ask me, “How did you get through all those years of emotional pain and suffering?” This is what I tell them:
1. Always look to someone higher, namely God. I am grateful for the many resources I can tap into for help when I am in crises, but people and systems will inevitably fail, give wrong advice, move, or die. There is only one resource that will never leave me or forsake me. One, on whom, I can always depend.
2. Keep a sense of humor. Laughter heals the soul and brings new hope.
3. Don’t spend time with regret. I cannot change the past. A bell cannot be un-rung. I start over each day with no regrets, forgiving those who have hurt me and asking for forgiveness for those I have hurt.
4. Refrain from “why me” questions. It leads to self-pity. No one wants to be around a person overtaken by self-pity.
5. Seek answers to “what” questions such as: What good has come out of this trial? What has God taught me through this experience? What can I do to help others get through similar experiences?
Look for blessings in raindrops and healing in tears. If you seek them, you will find them