The Promises of God
In the middle of my deepest REM sleep Sunday morning - you know, that early time when you're sleeping better than you have all night - the power went out.
That wouldn't have been a big deal, except that half the electronics in the house started beeping, including the smoke detector across the hall. I was immediately awake and not incredibly coherent.
And then my mind kicked in full force. I had to get ready for church. Danny had to get ready for church. His parents had to get ready for church. And we all needed coffee. And I had to do my hair. How was all of this going to happen if the power didn't come back on in time?
It seems like a silly thing now, but I was laying in bed starting a pretty good panic attack. I just wanted a smooth Sunday morning, one in which we could get up in plenty of time, effortlessly get around and make it to services without sprinting down the aisle during the opening hymn.
The girls let me know that I needed to be up regardless - mostly to take care of their needs - so I said one more prayer and rolled out of bed.
And stepped outside.
There was a huge, dark, amazingly beautiful double rainbow right over our house. It was absolutely breath taking, and the girls and I stood there for quite some time just looking at it.
Then I took the girls back inside and I walked around the entire house taking pictures of it from every angle. The complete bow was there, starting over the big pond and ending right over the top of my favorite tree. I'm planning on putting a panoramic photo together so I can see the whole thing - something I wasn't able to physically do with the camera.
Imagine if I had stayed in bed and finished out that panic attack. I could very easily have stayed there and suffered until the power came back on. That would have been a wasted hour in light of the beauty that God hung in the sky for me.
And the bow shall be in the cloud; and I will look upon it, that I may remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature that is upon the earth. Genesis 9:16
That promise of love and protection is still symbolized with the rainbow. It was definitely the encouragement that I needed for the day. The Lord has everything under complete control. Nothing is going to happen today that hasn't first gone through His filtering hands. And He has plans to grow me and use me in ways that I can't even comprehend.
My home is under that rainbow. My family is there, my heart is there. That's worth getting out of bed for.