Wednesday, November 26, 2008

One thing I've learned


This morning it was drizzling before I left work. Some of my coworkers were complaining. "People don't know how to drive in the rain." "It's so gloomy out there" (coming from people who live in a state that averages 300 days of sun!) "It's cold..." I was very tired so it was easy to nod along with the whining. But as I was driving home, I saw the most amazing sunrise - one of those that I was kicking myself for not having my camera with me. The sun was this crazy shade of orange-yellow, peeking through the clouds. I don't think I've ever seen anything like it. And then a little further on there was a HUGE rainbow in the sky. (I tried to take a picture with my cell phone, which is the picture above.) I immediately repented of the grumbling and thanked God. It's cliche, but it was such a strong reminder to me - there can't be rainbows without rain. And then I remembered where I was 4 years ago at this time, and what we had been through that year. I had just gotten my job after 8 months of not having one, after suddenly becoming a single parent, after the worst betrayal I've ever experienced. I have nothing to complain about. I had plenty of rain, and I'm so thankful for the rainbows.

Without tough times, good times don't seem as good, they're just normal, we take them for granted, like people in Phoenix take sunshine for granted. I know this Thanksgiving finds many people struggling, especially financially. It's so hard to be thankful for hard times, I know, but there is blessing and grace then too, there are things to be learned, and they make the good times all that much more good.

Romans 5:3 and 4: Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.

Happy Thanksgiving :D

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