Look for That Silver Lining – “Mad Dogs and Englishmen”
Key Bible Verse: Dear brothers and sisters, whenever trouble comes your way, let it be an opportunity for joy. – James 1:2
Bonus Reading: Hebrews 12:1-4
Oswald Chambers, author of the devotional My Utmost for His Highest, served as a chaplain to British troops in Egypt during World War I.
The sweltering heat of the midday could reach 130 degrees Fahrenheit inside a tent. But with no shade to protect from the scorching sun, inside was the better option. Add to this the threat of malaria, and the thousands of flies hatched in the waste of horses, and it’s easy to understand why serving in this area of the war was hated by virtually every soldier.
Chambers, on the other hand, found that miserable place a blessing. He was constantly busy serving the spiritual and physical needs of the troops. His diary frequently recorded fits of exuberance. How could Chambers’s experience be so different from that of the others stationed there? Oswald knew the holy Lord of glory, and trusted in His ability to bring good out of evil.
In Christ, God turned the evil act of crucifying an entirely innocent man into something life-saving and redeeming. We must begin to cultivate this outlook in our own lives so that we no longer see suffering as an evil to be avoided, but something to be expected, necessary, and, yes, even a joy-producing privilege.
—Victor Kuligin in Ten Things I Wish Jesus Never Said
My Response: Is my outlook dependent on, or independent of, my circumstances?
Thought to Apply: Mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun.—Rudyard Kipling (English writer born in India)
Adapted from Ten Things I Wish Jesus Never Said (Baker, 2005)