Tuesday, August 11, 2009

If There Was No Rain, We'd Miss the Rainbows

My husband and I captured this picture of a rainbow during our 10th anniversary trip to Maui this past May. We drove to the IO valley and as soon as we parked it began to rain. "Rats!" we though, "that storm will put a damper on our hiking plans."

But as the rain fell, we got out of the car and hiked up to a viewing point anyway. And we were thrilled to see this magnificent rainbow!

If there had not been the rain that day, we would not have seen the rainbow. We would have missed the blessing of standing in the rain absolutely in awe of the beauty and wonder of God's creation. That magical moment would not be forever emblazoned upon our memories of that trip.

I love how you can still see the dark storm clouds in the top of the picture. Because that is just how life often is. The storm comes, we complain about the storm, we step out and begin to walk through it, soaking wet we finally look up, and that is when we see the rainbow.
"And God said, 'This is the sign of the covenant which I am making between Me and you and every living creature that is with you, for all successive generations; I set My bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a sign of a covenant between Me and the earth. And it shall come about, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the bow shall be seen in the cloud," Genesis 9:11-14
I shared yesterday a little about our lymphoma storm a few years ago, and I can honestly tell you, as tough as that storm was, the rainbows we saw as a result changed our lives for the better.

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  1. What a beautiful picture and beautiful thoughts to go with it!

  2. It's no wonder why Hawaii is called the Rainbow State!

  3. I think that is the best rainbow I have seen! How beautiful!

  4. That is an AWESOME sight! WOW!

    Beautiful post :)

    Happy WW!

  5. It's been a couple of years since I have seen my last rainbow :(
    Happy Wordless Wednesday

  6. I just love visiting here!

    Like Dolly Parton says...if you want the rainbow you gotta put up with the rain!

  7. Such a great insight! I always find encouragement here.


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