Thursday, December 11, 2008

Storm, rainbow, storm


Rainbow 3
Originally uploaded by Whitley
It's been raining all day and for the past few days. Gray skies and gloom. I have to be honest...after a while...it starts to get to you.

Then just moments ago, Daniel called from work saying, "Hey...go outside a minute. There's a rainbow outside." So Oli and I head outside and I don't see it.

Daniel: We can see the whole rainbow from here. Back up some and look towards the south.

Me: Umm..Don't see it.

Daniel: Keep looking.

Me: OH....I see it. Pretty. I didn't even realize it had stopped raining and that the sun had come out.

Daniel: Yup. Well, I had better get back to work, love you.

Me: Love you.

Oli and I gazed at it for a moment and as the wind blew, the dark clouds came over and it began to sprinkle again. However, as I was walking inside...there was still a smile left lingering on my face.

Almost instantly this parallel came to mind:
Sometimes we can be going through our darkest times. Day after day after day it's dark, gloomy and rainy!

While living in the gloomy...God gives you a glimpse of a rainbow and the skies clear. Sometimes you don't even notice that the rainbow is outside and that the skies have taken a breath. Often, God has to say:

"(enter your name here) take a look outside...the rain has stopped and a rainbow has been sent for you to gaze upon."

You say: Where, I don't see it.

God: Just take a couple steps back. You are way too close...you need a fresh perspective.

You say: I still don't see it. Oh...wait...now I see it. Wow...that's really amazing.

Sometimes the clear skies and rainbows last for a while and sometimes for only a moment. But as you walk by you've seen the rainbows and clear skies. You know that the gray skies won't last forever. You go back inside...and a smile lingers.

Isn't God good? He uses the ordinary things to speak to us. I'm so thankful..he speaks to us on a regular basis....but are we listening. (Check out Pastor Steven's message from this past Sunday at Elevation Church's website. Click here.)

5 comments:

Elizabeth said...

How true! God speaks to us all the time through ordinary things...we just need to step back a little and see the extraordinary through the ordinary!

Deb said...

"The skies have taken a breath"...that simple little phrase really touched me. What a beautiful story you wrote. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

geisme said...

I agree with the last 2 comments. Candice, you always have a way of correlating the everyday to what God is doing in your life. You should think about writing a devotional. :)
Thank you for always being real & sharing what's on your heart.
-Gail

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Hey Girl. I left you a message on your facebook. If you have a quick fix and can help, message me back puh-leaze! :)

Stephanie said...

Love it! Thanks for the beautiful post and great reminders!

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