Curious, I picked up the gray rock with the smooth, round surface on one side and flat on the other. Nothing seemed special about the dull rock, until I turned it over exposing the inside filled with beautiful, dazzling purple crystals. The flip-side changed the dull into beauty.
There’s always a flip-side.
The devil wants us to focus on the negative, what we don’t have so we will not be satisfied with what we do have. Satan also wants us to focus on what we have – an illness, the loss, the trials, the difficulties — to keep us from any satisfaction. He never wants us to look at the other side and see how God is working.
God loves His children and “all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.”* The hard-rock life, changes to beauty in the hands of The Rock.
Ask God to reveal the flip-side, to show you how He is working, to reveal the beauty now and the beauty to come. Rejoice, take heart, there is always a flip-side.
“I heard a voice thunder from the Throne: ‘Look! Look! God has moved into the neighborhood, making his home with men and women! They’re his people, he’s their God. He’ll wipe every tear from their eyes. Death is gone for good—tears gone, crying gone, pain gone—all the first order of things gone.’ The Enthroned continued, ‘Look! I’m making everything new…” ~ Revelation 21:4-5 (MSG)
“I love you, God—you make me strong. God is bedrock under my feet, the castle in which I live, my rescuing knight. My God—the high crag where I run for dear life, hiding behind the boulders, safe in the granite hideout. I sing to God, the Praise-Lofty, and find myself safe and saved.” ~ Psalm 18:1-3 (MSG)