By yesterday morning I had said things I wish I could take back to someone I love and had ended up on the phone and in tears. However, after a long talk, getting some tears out (I never cry and get annoyed when I can't pull myself together) and knowing we had people praying for us, I managed to be fairly productive the rest of the day.
Last night I had a list, a stack of coupons, and a plan to do some major household shopping at Target (Friday $avings post - come back tomorrow for details!). Peter and I were getting ready to head out the door when we looked out the back window and saw this:
"And God said, 'This is the sign of the covenant I am making between me and you and every living creature with you, a covenant for all generations to come: I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth. Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will remember my covenant between me and you and all living creatures of every kind. Never again will the waters become a flood to distroy all life. Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth.' So God said to Noah, 'This is the sign of the covenant I have established between me and all life on the earth.'" - Genesis 9:12 - 17
I'm not sure if you can quite see in this picture, but it was a double rainbow. Although it's a sign of God's promise to never again distroy the earth with a flood, it also shows (to me) that God made a promise thousands of years ago, and He still keeps that promise today. He placed a rainbow in the sky once as a sign, and yesterday, when I was so discouraged, there was a rainbow in our backyard to remind me that God keeps His promises and just as He has not forgotten that promise to Noah, He has not forgotten me. He will lead and guide us, even when the days seem foggy and dark and we can't see what the future holds. We will continue to follow Him and remember His promise to guide us. In the words of Isaiah,
"Then your light will break forth like the dawn,
and your healing will quickly appear;
then your righteousness will go before you,
and the glory of the LORD will be your rear guard.
Then you will call, and the LORD will answer;
you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I.
If you do away with the yoke of oppression,
with the pointing finger and malicious talk,
and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry
and satisfy the needs of the oppressed,
then your light will rise in the darkness,
and your night will become like the noonday.
The LORD will guide you always;
He will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land
and will strengthen your frame.
You will be like a well-watered garden,
like a spring whose waters never fail.
- Isaiah 58:8-11
A sign of a promise when I needed a reminder that God still cares and He has a plan for our lives - even when we can't see it right now. I thank the Lord that He cares about this salty-tongued, temper-prone, smart-mouthed, know-it-all kid of His who happens to be typing this post. :-) I am unworthy and eternally thankful to my Heavenly Father.