2003-05-16 - The Flip Side
What do you think of when you hear the word "bats?" Of course, some (like us diehard Atlanta Braves fans) would think of baseball. But many people would think of the little flying mammals that are often associated with rabies, Halloween and vampires. While a small number of bats carry rabies, there is a flip side to bats. In reality, they do not suck blood at all. And in fact, they are a boon to our ecosytem. They consume over 1200 insects per hour. I don't know about you, but that makes me a fan!
In New York, bats are even being used as a weapon against the West Nile Virus. Ten thousand boxes have been set up, in hopes of luring the little mammals in, so they will feast on the mosquitoes that cause the deadly virus.
Likewise, events and situations that at the time seem painful, or even devastating, often turn out to be literal "blessings in disguise."
Romans 8:28 (NASB) And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.
The end of a relationship can be a traumatic experience, but it can also open the door for even better relationships later on. Losing one's job is a stressful, painful experience. But it can also open the door for us to consider other jobs, which we wouldn't have even thought of otherwise - often, jobs that are more fulfilling than the original ones (though sometimes not at first). A physical illness or condition can help us be more sensitive to others dealing with similiar situations, and can reroute our derailed priorities in a hurry.
I challenge you to ask God to show you the flip side of any difficulties or "obstacles" you are facing. I absolutely guarantee that there IS a "flip side," and God will help you find it.