Today, I Am Thankful For The Grays—They Make The Light Shine So Much Brighter

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“In this season of life, I am thankful for the grays.
The lows.
The dark moments.
The adversity.
The struggle.
The times I want to give up.

It’s been especially gloomy outside in Minnesota this week, allowing my mind to ponder the grays (There’s a lot of them lately.)

And I have come to the conclusion we need a little gray in our life sometimes. Because without the dark, there would be no light.

The grays in our life – the hard times, the struggles – make the blessing so much sweeter.

Now this isn’t to say I wouldn’t enjoy a little less struggling in life (mine and others), because of course, who wants to suffer and struggle.

But I am seeing you cannot have good times without the bad.

I used to pray for all the bad things in my life to go away. ‘God, just take this away, get me out of this.’ But real life is a little gray sometimes. It just is. Struggle is out of our control.

Now I pray, ‘God, give me the peace and wisdom to handle these grays today, so I may rejoice in the blessings to come.’

I hold faith I will make it through the grays, because they are meant to make me stronger. And I know sweet times are close ahead.

So today, I am thankful for the grays, because they will make the light shine so much brighter.”

Woman embracing the gray of life takes metaphorical photo in gray tracksuit outside on a gloomy day
Courtesy of Alyssa Marie

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