Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Seeing Him in the Sky

Into every life a little rain must fall. The Bible promises that we will know trouble.

My storm of fear and anxiety raged off and on for almost two years. Sometimes the rain fell in a gentle sprinkle, sometimes there was heat lightening but no rain and other times the rain fell and fell and I wondered if it would ever end.

It's so easy to focus on the darkness, the rushing water, the sound of hail pelting the windows, the howling wind...and be afraid.

But in Arizona, storms never last long.

Even the worst storms in my life have been mercifully short.

And eventually the storm passed. Suddenly, not very long ago, I realized that the rain had stopped falling.

That storm is over. The sun finally came out again. I am in a new season, a season of gratitude, rest and reflection. I'm in the rainbow phase.

When my husband returned from work yesterday and pushed open the front door, there was a peachy tint to the sky that I recognized. It was a rainbow sky. I pushed passed him, barefoot, camera in hand. I got to the end of the driveway and looked up and there was a rainbow, arching directly over our street.

God's promise of a new beginning, displayed across the sky in technicolor.

Had I not been paying attention, I'd have missed it entirely.

My stormy phase taught me a lot about fear, trusting the Lord, getting to the end of myself, priorities and much, much more. I am grateful.

Now I am grateful that I am enjoying this new phase, as a new creation.

Now I can appreciate {and even enjoy} the storms...and the rainbows that come after.

2 Corinthians 5:17 (NIV): "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!"

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1 comment:

Nancy said...

So thankful for the storms that are mercifully short. Others do seem to drag on longer than I'd like. And yet, it is good to remember the fear and raging of ones past and remember God's faithfulness in bringing us through. Stopped over from Ann's today. (I've got rainbows in my post, too!) So nice to meet you.