That quote from the great motivational speaker, Zig Ziglar has been repeatedly driven into my brain over the past year. We all experience failures, sometimes in a series of events that make us begin to identify ourselves with the very word, Failure. Failures are painful. Failures are humiliating, hope draining, and depression inducing. However, failures are simply events in life not names given to us; don’t give them any value beyond that!
Our Good Friday services usually end in some kind of darkness, communicating the pain, confusion, and hopeless feelings that were present at the cross. There were real emotions that day, real feelings of hopelessness, despair, anger and even hatred. Not unlike some failures you and I have experienced, or are experiencing right now.
Remember, our failures are not what they appear to be at the time. We have no clue what beautiful blossoms and rich green foliage will sprout as a result of our cold, dark seasons of life. We only know that there is a God who cares and has ordained a purpose for us, even our failures.
Darkness will come in the night, but there is joy in the morning!