The Dark Side

27 Jan

Sometimes I get so tired of always looking on the bright side. It’s exhausting, really. And there are times when the brightest side I can find is still pretty dull. Just once, I would like to go looking on the dark side. You know, forget the rainbow and just go wallowing in a vat of stinky, negative, woe-is-me, pessimistic gloom.  Wouldn’t that be refreshing for a change?

For five years I’ve been trying to look on the bright side. That’s not easy when you have cancer. It takes courage and determination to look beyond the curse in order to find the blessing. Wouldn’t it be easier if the bright side was so gleaming obvious that we didn’t have to go looking so hard for it?

But perhaps if it weren’t for the stark contrast of the dark side, we would miss the bright side altogether.

It seems to me that God’s loving presence feels much closer when I find Him in the shadows of despair and disappointment. His comfort and peace shine way brighter through the darkness of pain and grief. His grace seems richer. Faith grows stronger. Hope dispels the darkness.

And hope is a very good thing. Because as long as we have hope, there will always be a bright side.

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3 Responses to “The Dark Side”

  1. Becky January 27, 2012 at 9:12 pm #

    So very true!

  2. bobbiejayne January 28, 2012 at 3:39 am #

    hi jill. thank you so much for this recent post about hope. you are a wonderful writer and reading your work is always something i can look forward to. hugs and love from bobbiejayne.

  3. Janet January 30, 2012 at 6:51 am #

    Jill, You will never ever realize how many people you are the bright side (inspiration) to, especially those who are experienceing cancer. I have a friend at CCN going through the process of chemo and I am going to give her this email address. She will enjoy the reading. Love you!

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