You can't have a Rainbow without Rain

2:17:00 PM Kelly Leronowich 17 Comments

One could define life as a series of unfortunate and fortunate events spread out over a period of years. Webster’s dictionary defines life as: “the course of existence of an individual; the actions and events that occur in living.” Fundamentally life is consist of good times and bad times and it depends on who you talk to one could argue life has more bad than good or some would say life has more good than bad. But everyone would agree that life shouldn’t have any destitution. People want to sail through life with only pleasurable times behind and ahead of them. You would never meet a person who wished for a substandard life. So the question to ask is: why do we have hardships? Can’t life be a bowl of cherries? The Bible states in Ecclesiastes 3:1-9: For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:
A time to be born, and a time to die;
A time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;
A time to kill, and a time to heal;
A time to break down, and a time to build up;
A time to weep, and a time to laugh;
A time to mourn, and a time to dance;
A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
A time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
A time to seek, and a time to lose;
A time to keep, and a time to cast away;
A time to rend, and a time to sew;
A time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
A time to love, and a time to hate;
A time for war, and a time for peace.
In summary this passage states that in life there is a time for happiness and a time for sorrow. But what is the purpose of suffering? Life would be much sweeter if there were no difficult times, but on the other hand if there were no bad times we would have nothing to compare the good times to and ¬-would we recognize life`s blessings if we never experienced life`s hardships? It is possible to believe that if the outcome of all life’s events were superlative we would become ungrateful and have feelings of entitlement. A passage Ecclesiastes 7:14 highlights this by saying “on a good day, enjoy yourself; on a bad day, examine your conscience. God arranges for both kinds of days so that we won’t take anything for granted.” Essentially in God’s plan we are to have good days and bad days and the hard times enable us to distinguish and be grateful for the everyday miracles we have been given. Life cannot be perfect so don’t spend your life dwelling on the events that have caused you misfortune and suffering instead eat, drink and be merry, enjoy yourself. You only live once and the beginning and the end are all the same it is the middle that counts it is where the story is, so while you are here live life to its fullest and let your tale be tale of optimism even in the face of adversary. Let it rain you were thirsty anyways and remember you cannot have a rainbow without rain.

When one door of happiness closes, another opens, but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us.

Helen Keller

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