No matter the source of the evil confronting you, if you are
in God and thereby completely surrounded by Him, you must
realize that it has first passed through Him before coming to
you. Because of this, you can thank Him for everything that
comes your way. This does not mean thanking Him for the sin
that accompanies evil, but offering thanks for what He will
bring out of it and through it. May God make our life one of
continual thanksgiving and praise, so He will then make everything
I once saw a man draw some black dots on a piece of paper.
Several of us looked at it yet saw nothing but an irregular
arrangement of dots.Then he also drew a few lines, put in a
few rests, and added a treble clef at the beginning. Suddenly
we realized that the dots were musical notes, and as we began
to sound them out,we were singing,
Praise God from whom all blessings flow,
Praise Him all creatures here below.
Each of us has many black dots or spots in our life, and we
cannot understand why they are there or why God permitted
them. But when we allow Him into our life to adjust the dots
in the proper way, to draw the lines He desires, and to put rests
at the proper places to separate us from certain things, then from
the black dots and spots He will compose a glorious harmony.
So let us not hinder Him in His glorious work!
Would we know that the major chords were sweet,
If there were no minor key?
Would the painter’s work be fair to our eyes,
Without shade on land or sea?
Would we know the meaning of happiness,
Would we feel that the day was bright,
If we’d never known what it was to grieve,
Nor gazed on the dark of night?
Many people owe the grandeur of their lives to their tremendous
difficulties. Charles H. Spurgeon
When an organist presses the black keys of a great organ,
the notes are just as beautiful as when he presses the white ones.
Yet to fully demonstrate the capabilities of the instrument, he
must press them all.