Looking For the Not-So-Obvious


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. Ezekiel 1:27-28

A few nights ago, my daughter came running up the deck steps and burst into the room.  "There's a rainbow," she shouted.  "There's a rainbow."

Rainbows mean special things to me.

But they also have a common meaning for us all.  The first rainbow as a sign placed in the sky as a covenant between God and us.  I think I needed a rainbow that day.  It had been a challenging day.

It turns out, it was a double rainbow.  I didn't realize that until I saw a picture my son had snapped of the amazing bend of colors that flooded the sky.

I think it is often easy for me to see the "first rainbow" in my life.  The second one, I need to search for a bit more.  I need to look closely.

I'm finding I need to look beneath the surface - look beneath the obvious.  I'm not really good at that.  I tend to take things at face value.

But I'm learning.

I'm learning that when I look beneath the surface - God is always there - loving me, holding on to me, giving me reassurance, giving me direction.

In a previous post, I was lamenting finding out my insurance had been cancelled after I was in the Emergency Room for an apparent anaphylactic episode.

When I looked beneath the surface, I saw that it was a good thing this had happened!  I had only 45 days to make sure of my insurance acceptance.  It turns out that my original paperwork was incorrect - that the insurance would automatically be continued - it would not.  I had paperwork to get to them and had less that two weeks to do so.  Had I not known about the cancellation, I would have lost my insurance permanently! 

I saw God in this event - but I did have to look!

I wonder how many times I have overlooked God working in my life, while I was busy complaining about whatever event was going on.  And I did complain, loud an long about the insurance issue, until it finally dawned on me that it was a fortuitous God event.

I won't pretend these aren't difficult days.  They are.  Trying to navigate the waters of being a widow and all that comes with it - papers to fill out, changes in ownership of so many things, talking to lawyers, dealing with insurance companies has been daunting to say the least.

And yes, it is taking a toll on my own health.

Yet, I still find myself running to that special hiding place God has provided for me.  Under the shelter of His wings is such a comforting place to be.

And when I remember to look up?

A rainbow - and maybe even two.

Father God, I praise and thank you for all the ways you are at work in our lives.  When we hit those horrible bumps in the road, help us to remember that you are the one who bring bring good for it, even when no "good" is imaginable.  And God?  Thank you for loving me - and thank you for loving each reader.  I pray they feel the closeness of You, today.  Amen and amen.


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