“In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials.  These have come so that your faith of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire may be proved genuine.”  1 Peter 1:6-7

 

I would love to gain wisdom, maturity and relationships without going through a trial or bad situation.  Good things come from good situations and only bad comes from bad situations.  It only makes sense, right?

 

Recently, my community had the asphalt completely torn out and redone.   You could not park or stow your car in the garage because of the conditions of the street.  For one week, you had to find parking in the other parts of the complex or on the main streets.  Parking was already at a premium, so for an average of 25 more cars finding parking, it was a nightmare.

 

An interesting thing happened through the inconvenience, people got to know one another in the community.  There is one elderly woman in our neighborhood and she has a dog that she walks all the time.  She told me, if it weren’t for this situation, I never would have met all these new people!  As I walked my dog, I watched neighbors talk and smile and laugh at their complaints.  Most of these people have lived in the same community for decades and never met.

 

In more serious situations, I can recall instances where tragedy struck and people came together.  Whether it was September 11th or all the tragedies this year in 2017.  People saving complete strangers, giving shelter or supplies to one another.  They opened their hearts and moved past their differences, they saw a human being.  Upon tragic deaths, foundations have been created in memory of a person after their death.   Their family members take the tragedy to teach or bring awareness.

 

Grief is real and I never want to discount losing someone or a family home.  The fact is anger and sadness are all a part of the process.  However, at some point there has to be a shift to focus on the good things that come from tragedy.  Otherwise, the pain will consume your very being.  

 

God will never waste your pain.  Let God heal your pain and learn from the experiences, no matter how painful.

 

Lesson Learned:  Good can come from bad situations.

 

Prayer:

“Dear Heavenly Father, heal our wounds from tragic events.  Show us ways to help one another in troubled times.  Give us strength to endure such things and a heart for others.  In Jesus’ Name, AMEN!”