Sunday, June 19, 2011

Rainbows and Rainy Days

A couple of nights ago, I was having one of those evenings when it all still seemed so fresh and raw. I expect those times to come…. And they do. I was missing Carys horribly and had been doing my fair share of crying. I was trying to pull myself together and saw a text from a dear friend. The text read, “I think Carys is about to rain on us!” (Thanks Leslie!)

Perfect timing. I smiled.

It helped some to think about the rain (since the rain now makes me feel closer to my baby girl), but of course it didn’t take away the sting. Then, I signed into facebook. I saw a status message about a huge rainbow in the area that I apparently had missed. I smiled a little more. Then, I noticed at least three people posted pictures of the same rainbow. Full rainbow, end to end, and very bright. It helped.

Every time it rains, I think of my daughter more than usual. It would seem other people do too, and that makes me really smile. It gives me comfort. After church tonight, I just missed another rainbow… but I was able to enjoy it thanks to another friend, who texted a picture of it to me (thanks Rhea!). 

Rainbows are not only beautiful, they’re also very symbolic… and intentionally so.

Genesis 9:12-16
12 And God said, “This is the sign of the covenant I am making between me and you and every living creature with you, a covenant for all generations to come: 13 I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth. 14 Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds, 15 I will remember my covenant between me and you and all living creatures of every kind. Never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all life. 16 Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth.”

All life will never again be destroyed by the floods. He promised. Rainbows serve as a reminder of God’s promises to us… and He has also promised to prepare a place for me where I can once again hold my daughter in my arms!!

John 14:1-4
New International Version (NIV)
Jesus Comforts His Disciples
1 “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God[a]; believe also in me. 2 My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. 4 You know the way to the place where I am going.”

So, I know that Carys doesn’t make it rain (but I like to think that sometimes she may pray for it as a reminder to us), but the rain is a reminder of her. When I see rainbows, I think of beauty after the Rainn… I think of God’s promises… and I think of the splendor of Heaven.

Ezekiel 1:28
New International Version (NIV)
28 Like the appearance of a rainbow in the clouds on a rainy day, so was the radiance around him.
This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the LORD. When I saw it, I fell facedown, and I heard the voice of one speaking.

Like the appearance of a rainbow in the clouds on a rainy day.... THAT is how Ezekiel described the radiance surrounding the Lord. Oh, how I love dwelling on that though. Some day, I will be in the presence of that radiance. Some day, I'll join my sweet baby girl and other loved ones in that glorious place.

Praise God, Heaven is For Real... and closer than we even realize.

Wishing you peace, joy, and Rainnbows :) 

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1 comment:

Holly said...

It rained here over the wkend :) but I didn't see any rainbows :(