The Rainbow

When the bow is in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth. Gen 9:16 (ESV)

Rainbow over my ranch.

We need rain and we didn’t get any the day of the rainbow. There was rain nearby but none of it fell on our property. Before the streak ended, we had 11 consecutive days of 100+ degree temperatures. It is miserable outside and it is dry.

This is the grass in my front yard. Drought does not kill Texas grass, it goes dormant. It may look dead but it will come back when there is rain.

The trees do better because they have deep roots and have seen many Texas summers but there is no grass for the sheep.

Right now, all they have to eat is the hay.

 

Many times our lives feel like this. It is hot, dry and no rain.  You might be miserable because of your job, money troubles, marriage issues or many other problems. Whatever your situation, you feel that God has left you in a hot, barren place with no food. And it goes on day after day after day with no change. You feel like this is your lot in life, you are stuck here.

Now, you have a choice. You can stay stuck in your thinking that you will be here forever or you can realize that seasons change.

This is my what my neighbor’s field looks like the spring. It doesn’t look like that now, it looks more like my front yard. The change happened in three months time.  By late fall our grass will be green again. We grow a variety of grass called Winter Rye. If I showed you a picture of the grass in December, you wouldn’t believe it. It is green, lush and beautiful.

The Bible gives us the truth that seasons and times change. If you are in a hard, miserable place right now. You will not stay there forever. You may feel that way but it will come to an end. Seasons change.

 

For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:

 a time to be born, and a time to die;
a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;
 a time to kill, and a time to heal;
a time to break down, and a time to build up; a time to weep, and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
 a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
 a time to seek, and a time to lose;
a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
 a time to tear, and a time to sew;
a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
 a time to love, and a time to hate;
a time for war, and a time for peace. Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

This week, we got 3/4 of an inch of rain and there is more in the forecast for the next few days. The weather forecasters say that the temperatures in August should be cooler than usual. That means the mid to low 90’s instead of 100+. The seasons have not changed but it has started.

What about you? How do you see the seasons changing in your life? I would love to hear your comments.

4 thoughts on “The Rainbow

  1. teresa rodriguez

    Hi Mary,

    What you wrote today touched deep within the core of my being. For me the empty nest, and single coming to the realization that my children have left the home to start a life on their own. I thank God everyday for the gift of Motherhood. The letting go is the hardest thing. I was living temporarily in a Garage apartment waiting for a two bedroom home to be completed, with the anticipation of my son coming home to visit from New York and having the spare room for him. A large kitchen and dining room for my siblings to come from out of town for Thanksgiving, Christmas. My daughter coming over with her boyfriend.
    Well like the seasons all things change and go through the life cycle. I was sitting outside last night visiting with a dear friend expressing the sadness I felt. Looking at my potted flowers that I have been trying to keep alive in this scorching heat, and I did say soon the flowers will be gone. The change of seasons. A time to mourn. My siblings may not come to the house their children have families and now they are at their homes. Then I wonder maybe the house is to big for me and I was best in the Garage unit.
    Times have changed, I am in the second stage of my life stress at work is it worth it.? do I seek a simple 8 to 5. Is management truly what God wants for me now. Am I miserable ? No. I know with the stress of a
    job God is giving me strength and when the time is right he will guide me. I am blessed and thankful to have a job. Do I go back to the Garage unit ? Not sure, But fall will be the perfect time to go into my inner cell and seek and prepare for Winter and hibernate and Spring will soon follow and perhaps I will have made a decision and then again maybe not. And The Season starts all over again.

    Peace, Love, Joy and Hope
    Teresa

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    1. marymcmmiller@gmail.com Post author

      I am glad this post spoke to you. I wrote it several days ago but didn’t want to post it until it rained. Well, it rained and then I got busy. God knew when it should be posted. I was impatient to get it up but, he knew when you needed it. Prayers for you current season of life.

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      1. teresa rodriguez

        Well it was perfect timing, Gods timing. The readings this Sunday were a continuation of your thoughts the transfiguration of our Lord. I also receive meditations from Abbey of the Arts about going through different Thresholds. So from your blog, and the rest of the week Everything is about change and transformation. Finding our True selves amidst the unknowing. Yet having the faith, and like you say it will come to an end Seasons change.
        Thank you
        Peace, Love, Joy, and Hope
        Teresa

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