At the end of myself…at the feet of Jesus

Matthew 25: 40, And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.

Unexpected Rainbows


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.


2 thoughts on “Unexpected Rainbows

  1. Nice, Anna!

    I’m constantly amazed by His goodness and just how particular He is in renewing our spirits.

    I once had a relative that needed an intervention. She gave the most awful gifts in the universe, expensive gifts chosen on purpose to put us all in our places and show how much she disliked us, each and every one. Then she’d poke around when she came over to make sure we hadn’t jettisoned her present. I always did. I was a rebel that way 🙂

    Anyhow, that got me to thinking about gifts in general and how– to give a gift– we have to *know* the recipient. You can’t possibly pick out a present if you don’t know or don’t care about the other. But when you do. . . bingo!

    Add love to that equation and you get a perfect gift at the perfect time given from a heart overflowing with tenderness. Now who does *that* sound like?

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