This morning, I got the first flood watch for fall on my phone. A small strip of pinkish sky showed below the receding hairline of dark clouds. Ruby and I went to the store. The sky cleared more, backlighting flocks of small clouds in the sky. We marveled at its beauty.
After I dropped Ruby off at school, I went out for a run. I haven’t slept well in several nights, so I knew today would be slow going. I’ve prayed several times about a task I must tackle. It weighs on me. I need to do it, yet I keep putting it off. I’m afraid I’ll do it wrong. I don’t want to muck it up. And I am unsure where to start.
But I couldn’t resist drinking in the Vitamin D pouring down from the sky. At first, all that poured from the sky was a light drizzle. It soon stopped. The sun sparkled on the red and gold leaves strewn under my feet. I plodded along, in no hurry to get anywhere, only to be.
I watch the sky quite a bit when the weather is in…transition. The dark clouds looming in the west crept ever nearer. Suddenly, I looked up into a rainbow. I only saw half of it. It arched over Ruby’s school and ended in the hills behind it.
I stopped to take it in. We’ve had so much rain, with more on the way. The curve of bright colors encouraged me. I turned around and headed home. As I peeked back over my shoulder, the rainbow evaporated. I focused my attention on hurrying back before the deluge.
I ran up our street and the rainbow was there in front me, again, waiting in the sky. I could only smile at God’s audacity. Show off! This time I could see the entire arch, spanning at least a mile across the sky. Amazing.
We had a guest speaker on Sunday. He said, “Do the good thing. God gets into your good thing. Make a good decision, and God is in it. Keep making good decisions and doing good things. It becomes a God thing.” In other words, His blessing and favor breathe into your positive effort. To quote Nike: Just do it.
The speaker also said to quit waiting for purple haze or green smoke to appear. Or in my case, a rainbow. I get it, God. I’m on it. I might feel overwhelmed at the enormity of the task, but Your presence remains. Thanks for sending a sign anyway. The rainbow reminds me of your enduring faithfulness and goodness.
I have placed my rainbow in the clouds. It is the sign of my covenant with you and with all the earth. – Genesis 9:13