Some days life just hurts. This is one of those days…attached to one of those weeks…that’s been going on for many months now…riding on a string of lots of painful years. Too much pain. Bunches and bunches of confusion. Many confrontations. False confessions by the one behind it all. Too much. Too much. Really, really too much.
But in the midst of the pain God sends a rainbow. He’s good at rainbows. Excellent at bringing joy out of pain. Wonderful at building new tomorrows out of worn and broken yesterdays. I’m glad He is because I need Him to be. He’s shown up many times with an absolutely gorgeous rainbow just when I couldn’t have made it one more step without one. He always knows when I can’t make it. He’s never failed to show up with one at those times. He always cares when we’re floundering. He’s quite wonderful that way.
Anyway He unexpectedly sent a rainbow this morning. A new friend came to pray, to share, to listen. To show she cared. That’s huge for me. I expect it from my friends on the net–friends who have suffered the same slings and arrows that I have (none of whom I’ve actually met–though our hearts have–all of whom I love and have learned to trust with parts of me). This morning when the rainbow appeared I nearly cried at the thought that God would shower me with such grace. I should have been expecting a rainbow because on Friday another friend, one whom I’ve never met face to face, one whom I greatly trust, one who has prayed many a prayer for me that God has seen fit to answer on a grand scale, prayed that God would send me “specific encouragement”. This morning He did. In a grand and beautiful fashion. I now feel less alone. More steady. More hopeful.
As I go through today and through many tomorrows, I’m going to hold on to this answered prayer for “specific encouragement”. It really was quite a beautiful rainbow.