Last night someone I deeply care about was having a really hard day as they were dealing with some really hard decisions that they needed to make. It tore my heart out to see someone I love hurting. I wished so badly that I had a way to wave a magic wand and make all the hurt and sadness go away. But I couldn’t. All I could do was offer a shoulder to cry on and a hug, which felt inadequate. I said a prayer for them and went to bed sad that they were sad.
Then today I came across this quote
“If today is the worst day of your life then you know tomorrow will be better.” – Disney’s The Lion King
Sometimes the magic solution to feeling better is simply to have a wider perspective. What feels horrible today may someday feel like the biggest miracle that took place in your life. Something that didn’t go as you’d hoped for may actually be the very thing that is setting you up to have the happiest things ever!
I know this because that has happened to me time and time again in my life. One business deal didn’t work out only to lead me to the best business deal I could ever imagine. Without the first disappointment the second blessing would never have happened. One marriage didn’t work out which led me to finding and marrying the perfect man for me. Time and time again this has happened in my life…so many times, in fact, that it would be impossible to list them all.
We can’t get all we aren’t meant to have until we are willing to let go of the things that aren’t meant to be ours.
Letting go of something you wanted can be brutal. It’s hard to know that the pictures you had in your head for your future won’t turn out exactly as you thought they would. But be willing to widen your perspective. Choose to recognize that the future God has planned for you is a much bigger masterpiece than any picture you could have drawn with your limited information today. Trust that it is all going to be okay, because it truly is…
“Never fear the shadows, they simply mean there’s a light shining somewhere nearby.” – Winnie the Pooh?
We all have bad days…some feel like the worst…have faith and trust that tomorrow will be better…it will all end up better than you ever imagined that it could 🙂
~Amy Rees Anderson