Sometimes gray funk clouds form out of nowhere, gather together… deepen and darken, overhead heavy, thickening—stall there.
I pray, sing hymns, give thanks, praise God, even plead, but none of this prevails to blow the gray away.
I ask a word, of cheer, of comfort, encouragement, strength, even of wisdom as to what’s made this storm.
And nothing. Just nothing.
So I wait. For wait I must.
Wait on Him. While rain comes, and clouds stay, and sky weeps.
Wait and watch and pray and hope. And do. one. thing. And then. do. another. And wait while I work or walk or whatever…
Still, the clouds. The rain.
But look! What do I see?
His light is shining in the west,
the clouds still hanging in the east.
The rain is raining in between…
And I watch a rainbow climb the sky.
~for faith to continue when skies are gray.
~for rainbows amazing
~for clouds and rain that make them happen.
~for promises that go with rainbows.
~and joy that comes with light from heaven and glowing colors and clearing skiesTruly the light is sweet, and a pleasant thing it is for the eyes to behold the sun” (Ecc 11:7).
REASONS TO PRAISE GOD
(from Genesis 1, 2, 6, and 8):
- 470 – Because in the beginning His Spirit hovered over the waters before He even created earth.
- 471 – Because in the midst of those waters He made the firmament which He called heaven—and it was good.
- 472 – Because on the third day He gathered the waters under that firmament into one place, for dry land to appear, thus forming the seas. And this was good.
- 473 – Because on the fourth day He made sun and moon and placed them in relation to earth to rule its day and night, and to divide the light and the darkness. And one of these, the moon, would rule the tides, and keep them from overwhelming the land. And all this was also good.
- 474 – And God made the earth bring forth grass, and herbs, and trees, that drink in water from the earth, which gets that water from the skies.
- 475 – Because He made a garden, and for that garden He caused a mist of water to keep it alive and green.
- 476 – Because He made mankind to tend the garden and oversee His earth. And this was all very good.
- 477 – Because after man went wrong and sin multiplied to dreadful extent on the earth God had made, He did not let that sin prevail, but wiped it out with a flood.
- 478 – Because He then caused rain to fall, heavy torrents for forty days. And the water from the rain and from the fountains of the deep covered all the earth, even over its mountaintops.
- 479 – Because even so, He preserved mankind by saving Noah and his family, through the flood.
- 480 – Because after the flood and its terrible destruction, He caused a symbol of promise, a sign of His peace, to appear in the sky with earth’s rainstorms, a reminder that never again would He destroy the earth with a flood.
- 481 – Because that sign was a beautiful rainbow. A sign, always a sign, of His grace.
- 482 – Because Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.
- 483 – Because by that same grace I too am saved, because it’s a gift from God (Eph 2:8).