I was recently listening to my very eclectic playlist and the song “Every Storm” by Gary Allen came on. I found it ironic as it was literally raining outside and I had a multitude of stormy thoughts running through my mind.
“Oh so your standing in the middle of the thunder and lightning. I know you’re feeling like you just can’t win, but you’re trying….Every storm runs, runs out of rain. Just like every dark night turns into day….every storm runs, out of rain…”
Soon after the song ended, but the rainstorm did not, I looked up into the sky and saw a rainbow. It immediately put a smile on my face. (Actually, it was a double rainbow, so cue even more childlike excitement!)
Ever since I was a little girl I have loved rainbows. The way they just appear in the sky from nowhere with such beautiful colors. The Wizard of Oz put ideas in my head of flying over the rainbow just like the birds where crazy, wild dreams really do come true.
Even more comforting, is knowing God’s promise to us to always be faithful shines out through those rainbows. What a loving concept from such an amazing God I find this to be. God certainly doesn’t need a reminder of the promises He has made to us but how we oh so quickly forget them. At least I find that I do on a pretty regular basis.
So, every time I see a rainbow in the sky, I am struck with the same awe I had as a child. I wish I could look up at the sky anytime I want and simply conjure up a rainbow.
But, the reality is, you can’t have rainbows without rain. And who wants to live in the middle of life’s rainstorms everyday? I don’t. I enjoy when those storms run out of rain.
Rainbows aren’t meant to be permanent decorations in our lives but carefully placed reminders of God’s faithfulness to us all the time. They serve as a beautiful distraction in the midst of the rain to calm a weary or worried soul. I suppose if I could dial up a rainbow in the sky whenever I wanted one, they wouldn’t seem so special to me anymore.
As I’m being gently reminded by God that He is in control and I don’t have to worry so much about the storm, I am finding that I am also thankful God doesn’t show me rainbows when I want one but rather when He knows I need one.