The following thoughts were shared today by Paul Cardall on his web log, Living for Eden.  Paul, a husband and father and a musician, has been waiting 380 days for a heart transplant.

As I sit in my hospital room looking out my window I see smog hovering over the Salt Lake valley like a thick plague. Each year the wind brings a cloud of smoke from the summer fires. Although it looks miserable I know people are going on with their lives. Eventually, the rain will come, the smog will fade, and once more the valley is restored to its beauty.

Our lives are full of these moments when the thick fog of adversity surrounds us. Yet, somehow we adapt. We plow ahead and move forward with our lives as best we can. We choose how we are going to handle such a crisis. We have within each us the ability to transform our wounds into wisdom.

“If you’re going through hell, keep going,” said Winston Churchill. And from the brilliant Jazz pianist Duke Ellington, “A problem is a chance for you to do your best.”

Most of us are in the midst of hard adversity right now. As one who is struggling each day to carry on, may I humbly assure you that God, our Heavenly Father, will send the rain so that each of us might recognize the beauty in our lives.