A few years ago, my husband was driving with my son, who at the time was 3 years-old. My husband saw a beautiful rainbow in the sky. He showed my son but he couldn’t see it. See, my son was too young to understand what a rainbow was. He kept asking him, “Where is it, Daddy? I can’t see it!” He wanted to see it so bad but he couldn’t, because he didn’t know what he was looking for. You sometimes have to really focus in the sky and know what you are looking for to see a rainbow.
He told me about it and of course, I went straight to an analogy in my head. It reminded me of how we can be as new Christians. We aren’t sure what we are looking for so it is sometimes hard to know and see blessings or God winks. It is hard to see lessons in the journey- definite things God is teaching us. Sometimes I can be like that even now. It’s hard to see the good God is doing in my life because of some pain.
I have to remind myself- remember to look for the rainbow and if you can’t see it, trust it is there because “Daddy” says it is! If you are a new Christian or even a seasoned one, don’t forget to look for the rainbows. Trust they are there.
My 95 year-old Grandfather passed away this past week. He lived a very healthy life but developed dementia the last couple of years. Eventually, he contracted a really bad infection that he suffered with for almost 3 weeks until it took his life. The last couple of weeks my Mother and her sisters tried to make him comfortable, watching a strong man deteriorate. He rarely opened his eyes and couldn’t communicate verbally. The night before he passed away he opened his eyes and my Mom could tell he wanted something. She kept asking various questions until she finally realized he was wanting a picture of my Grandmother that was by his bed. She put the picture in his hands and he stared at it for 45 minutes. She said it was the most precious thing she had ever seen. He closed his eyes, went to sleep and passed away the next morning.
My Grandfather saw a lot of things in his life, experienced many wonderful times, and lived a good life. He and my Grandmother experienced their ups and downs I am sure. He was always concerned with looks, status, and his accomplishments. But in the end, what really mattered, besides his Faith, was his relationship with his wife. He wanted the last thing he ever saw to be her face. It reminded me of how important relationships are. When all is said and done our relationships are what matter. Nothing else- not money, status, what we accomplished…. none of that will matter when you are leaving this world. What will matter is who we spent our time and our lives with. It’s all about relationships…