As a child, it was always an attraction, to see the sparkly, glittery world of toys, fancy cards, gift wraps and the feeling of joy on eating my favorite ice-creams........... not to mention my world of fairy-tales and imaginations.........
I can still feel dull joy on recalling my first reaction on hearing my grandpa say "Every cloud has silver lining", i had ran outdoors and looked at the clouds in awe but the silver lining wherever it was didn't appear for me....... but it wasn't a cloud, it was an umbrella, small white umbrella, i told my mother with excitement........... an ardent fan of nature I was since childhood, now the clouds were my new found entertainment, I no longer cared for the silver lining as long as the cloud looked like an animal, a flower or possibly a ball only! They are beautiful these clouds, I wondered with eyes wide open.
I doubt if I was wrong in my innocence, I hadn't found the silver lining that day on my cloud, but the search for the silver lining had opened up new horizons to discovery and my imagination!
Isn't this the case with the clouds of trouble that we face everyday......... financial troubles, family matters, small fights, diseases....... the dark clouds that appear as danger signs for us, but contain a subtle hint to the silver lining in them!
The discovery is not an easy task I daresay......... but then the beauty of a challenge, the strength for a quest and the reward for troubles is this silver lining!
I questioned nature......... after failing in my search for the lining......... where to look for it,
“Verily, with hardships there is relief” (Quran 94:6)We all have to bear our fair share of troubles in this world...........With every misfortune or pain I discover the hand of God pulling me through it, giving me an understanding and realization of my capacities as the mightiest of creatures!
I don't fear difficulties as they lead to the silver linings I seek!
As a child I had started off on the search for the silver lining, the path is straight but hurdles are many, the experience is enlightening .............. and there's no end to the adventure!
(And certainly, We shall test you with something of fear, hunger, loss of wealth, lives and fruits, but if you persevere patiently, and have Taqwa, then verily, that will be a determining factor in all affairs.) 2:155