Steady rain added beauty and praise to my morning coffee one day last week. A glorious rain which would bring temporary relief for our North Texas drought.
As I drove my daughter to school, rays of sun began to peekaboo through the dark clouds, while heavy drops of rain continued to shower our windshield.
I got excited and told her to be on the lookout for a rainbow. I glanced all around as I could. I KNEW there would be a rainbow. The conditions were just right for it.
It got darker. More rain. Then sun and rain. Dark again.
A gentle rain began as rays of light made their appearance one by one until the sky was almost fully lit.
Now that rainbow would come. Even though I’d dropped my daughter off, I could take a picture and show her later (if she didn’t see it sooner on instagram, haha).
But no rainbow…at least that I could see. For some reason, I really wanted to find a rainbow.
The Lord was so gracious to enlighten me in that moment of disappointment. He helped me to realize that even when my deepest needs are met, I often long for more.
When my soul is dry to the point of drought-like condition, He eventually sends glorious rain. It may be through His Word, through a song, through the joy of serving, through the realization that He is always near to me as I pray and press into Him, or through the encouragement of fellowship with other believers…It may even be a combination of several of these blessings. But if I don’t receive these gifts and appreciate them, giving God the glory for providing them, I keep looking.
Where in the world is that rainbow? Surely there is something more magnificent.
Sometimes there is. But let’s not ignore what God has done or what He is doing or what He has promised to do as we depend on Him. Let’s not ignore His faithfulness and love. Let’s cling to the truth that God’s most beautiful work is done in us through suffering and struggle. Let’s remember that a relationship with Almighty God is more than enough, that as we abide in Him we have everything we need. And actually more.
For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. 2 Cor 4:17-18
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