She lost count of the sleepless nights, the pain, the confusion. Why was her love never enough?. She ranted and raved against the unfairness of it all. She couldn’t understand the workings of God’s mind. Hadn’t she put God first? Why was she being punished this way? Her questions remained unanswered, her heart remained broken.
It wasn’t until she let go, did wisdom come. Then she realized that her love wasn’t enough – because it didn’t start with loving herself. She realized that she was not being punished, but taught the most wonderful lesson – that blessings come in disguise!
Blessings In Disguise
“God never cooperates with evil. He simply offers us the opportunity to transform the painful experiences in our lives into advantages and blessings. (Fr. Maximos)” ― Kyriacos C. Markides, The Mountain of Silence: A Search for Orthodox Spirituality
“I am on a train going home to God. It’s a long journey, and everything that happens in my life is scenery along the way. Some of it is beautiful; I want to linger over it awhile, perhaps hold on to it or even try to take it with me. Other parts of the journey are spent grinding through a barren, ugly countryside. Either way the train moves on. And pain comes whenever I cling to the scenery, beautiful or ugly, rather than accept that all the scenery is grist for the mill, containing, as Marcus Aurelius counselled us, some hidden purpose and and a hidden blessing.” ― Arianna Huffington, Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder