silver lining

We jumped in the car to run some errands. He driving, me sitting beside him staring out the window. Silence, so much silence these days. But even in the quiet, we know without doubt, what consumes the other’s mind.  And then he said to me, “Look at that setting sun.  I have never seen a silver lining like that.”

I looked, and it was beautiful. The sun was just touching the horizon, and there was a huge cloud sitting next to it.  There it was, as brilliant and bright as the sun itself, a rim of light around the entire cloud. It was breath taking. However, the only response I could muster, “Do you still believe in silver linings? Is their a silver lining in losing Grant? How could there be? And if there is, will we see it?”

Now I know that “every cloud has a silver lining” is not a Biblical saying. But it resonates the same truth contained in a very well known promise of God, “for those that love god all things work together for good.”  Romans 8:28 is the silver lining of the Bible.

So there it was in the physical realm, staring back at us, that silver lining.  Did we still believe in silver linings in the spiritual realm? I broke the silence and repeated my questions, “So, do you still believe in silver linings?” I waited for the answer.  He simply said, “I don’t know, I just don’t know. I think it’s too soon to answer that question.”

More silence, sitting and staring at that silver lining, and trying to figure out what we believe.  Do all things work together for good? And then it happened, we became acutely aware of a song filling our car with its lyrics.  It was as if the song was speaking directly to our spoken and unspoken questions. We had never heard this song before, although I am sure it is a popular song on the airwaves.  But it was new to us, and it had our attention as we gazed at our silver lining…

But we can stay close to the One who knows                                                                            We can trust our God                                                                                                                     He knows what He’s doing

Though it might hurt now
We won’t be ruined
It might seem there’s an ocean in between
But He’s holding on to you and me
And He’s never gonna leave, no
He is with us, He is with us
Always, always
He is with us, He is with us
Always

We believe there is purpose, there is meaning in everything
We surrender to His leading
He wants nothing more than to have us close

We can trust our God
He knows what He’s doing
Though it might hurt now
We won’t be ruined
It might seem there’s an ocean in between
But He’s holding on to you and me
And He’s never gonna leave, no
He is with us, He is with us
Always, always
He is with us, He is with us
Always

Our faith is sealed, Our hope is real
Come what may, We’re not afraid
Our faith is sealed, Our hope is real
Come what may, We’re not afraid, We’re not afraid

We can trust our God, Always, always
We can trust our God, Always, always

The words of that song penetrated our weary souls as we stared at our silver lining. We can trust God!  He is a God of silver linings, I believe. He is a God who works all things together for good.  I believe it.  I can’t see it yet, but I believe. It is some where on a distant horizon, as our silver lining was that night. And someday, it will burn so brightly, all will see. So I will keep looking and scanning the horizon. It will show itself someday, I believe.

Our Silver Lining from that night (click on picture to enlarge)

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6 Responses to silver lining

  1. Jennifer Goetz says:

    Thank you Alisha. The picture looks like it has the finger of God in it pointing upwards. And the song is beautiful. Bless you.

  2. Judi Schleiden says:

    Beautiful picture Alisa. I think you need to enlarge it and put it where you see it often as a reminder of God’s promises to you and Glenn. I strongly believe that God allows a song to play at a certain time in order for us to hear it. Love this song, it is one that gets played often on our Fios Christian Music channel. May God continue to give you, Glenn and our family reasons to trust Him……ALWAYS! Love you two!

    • Alisa says:

      I would love to blow it up but it’s just a little iPhone pic. It would be too pixilated 😦 But I have it on my phone and have looked at it often over the last couple of days. Love you too…hugs

  3. Tonya says:

    It is so encouraging to see the many ways God has continually met you in profound and unexpected ways. I know it continues to builds to build your faith during this time of suffering. Thank you for sharing these moments with us…they make God bigger. May He continue to comfort you with His tapestry of Grace.

    • Alisa says:

      Tonya, that was so beautifully said. And yes, I am grateful for the ways He is reminding us that He is still there, walking beside us. I know in my head that He will never leave us or forsake us, but sometimes I have a hard time convincing my heart. So I am so grateful when He does something to erase the doubt. Love you friend ❤

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