I found this to be a great way to look at my life and to look at hard times in my life. God is truly beautiful.
Paul Miller talks about the fact that God is weaving a story with our lives...We need to look for the Storyteller. Look for his hand and then pray in light of what you are seeing. Stay in the story. Don't shut down when it goes the wrong way.
Sometimes when we say "God is silent", what's really going on is that he hasn't told the story the way we wanted it told. He will be silent when we want him to fill in the blanks of the story we are creating. But with his own stories, the ones we live in, he is seldom silent".
"When confronted with suffering that won't go away or with even a minor problem, we instinctively focus on what is missing, such as the lost coats and the betrayal in Joseph's story, not on the Master's hand. Often when you think everything has gone wrong, it's just that you're in the middle of a story. If you watch the stories God is weaving in your life, you, like Joseph, will begin to see the patterns. You'll become a poet, sensitive to your Father's voice."