Looking for my Rainbow

On a not too hot summer day with lots of sunshine and low humidity, we were exploring a quaint little shoreline town.  The whole vibe was creative with local artists filling boutiques with one of a kind pieces of art.  Resale shops and restaurants lined the bay.  Good company, food, fun and laughter filled the day.  I was with family … my husband, two sisters, their husbands and my youngest son and his girlfriend.  The day couldn’t have been more perfect. 

We took a walk on the pier, had lunch on the waterfront, visited a couple more shops and then headed toward the car.  As we passed a boutique where I spotted a candle earlier, I told the group that I was going to go inside to purchase it.  They said that they’d meet me in the car that was just a few feet from the store.  

I walked over to the candle section and noticed the sky getting dark out the side window. What is happening, I thought. The bright blue sky was turning gray quickly.  As the lights went out in the store, I followed the other customers to the window.  The wind was shaking the little shop.  As I looked outside, I saw trees being uprooted by the wind and thrown to the ground, people were trying to run for cover but the wall of rain and wind pushed against them and they began to fall or be lifted up and tossed around like rag dolls.  That’s when I saw my family race away in our vehicle.  They left me behind.  Customers clutched each other and began to cry.  

Trying to console them I yelled, “Look for your rainbow!  Look for your rainbow!” 

I saw light on the the other side of the store, ran toward the windows in that space and I exclaimed, “Look, look!”  I turned in their direction, “Come here,” and they ran over to me.  Out that large picture window in front of us were rolling green hills, dotted with flowers and birds and butterflies flying about.  The sun was rising behind the hills brighter and brighter.  Over the sun a colorful rainbow arched over the expanse of the sky.  

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Look for your rainbow!  Look for your rainbow!  Look for your rainbow!  It was a mantra that I kept repeating as I woke up from that dream in the wee hours of the morning. 

It was July, 2017 and a year and a half after my husband’s bone marrow transplant.  He would be prepped for open heart surgery soon.  I jumped out of bed to get ready to drive to the hospital repeating the phrase, look for your rainbow, look for your rainbow. I held onto the hope that it would come after the storm.  

There have been many rainbows to light up our sky in the last 7 years as Bob and I have weathered many storms with his health.

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Last night I drove to the hospital in a literal storm.  My windshield wipers were working overtime but with the sheets of rain coming down it was hard to see clearly. With the wind howling, thunder roaring and lightning flashing I prayed behind the ambulance that was transporting my husband to the hospital.  

Make a way, Lord.  I cannot not see ahead in this literal storm nor can I see my way clear in yet another circumstantial storm.  You are my WayMaker, you are our WayMaker.  I trust you again and again and yet again.  

So here we are.  In another storm of life but I am looking for my rainbow and my Abba Father will bring hope out of this seemingly hopeless situation.  I’ve seen it before and I’ll see it again.  With each storm He has been good to us and He will be good again.  That’s His promise.  I not only see it in every rainbow after every storm but through the storms.

Blessings,

Nancy

I took the featured photo over the lake near my home.

24 thoughts on “Looking for my Rainbow

    1. Yes, He did and it’s always good to believe it and pray all the promises back to Him. You said, Lord ….. and I believe it. Have a great week, Mary.

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  1. “Look for the rainbow!” Thank you Nancy for sharing this especially in the face of another storm. What hope is woven into this mantra in addition to focusing our eyes on the Lord’s promises rather than ravaging winds and rains. As I read your post I couldn’t help but think how you are exemplifying Psalm 103: 1-2. “Praise the Lord, O my soul; all my inmost being, praise His holy name. Praise the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits-” Know my prayers are with you and your husband.

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  2. This brought tears to my eyes as last night and today bring more storms for you and Bob. I prayed last night for your safety as you were driving in the storm…..praying also for Bob as he is going through another storm. Praying you see your rainbow soon. Nothing is impossible for our God. Love you both❤️

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    1. Nothing is impossible and we’re already seeing signs of God taking care of the details so Bob can come home. I know we’re feeling His presence stronger because of the prayers of friends like you. Thank you so much, Bonnie. Love you too. ❤️

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  3. Oh Nancy, like the Pastor said that we had a couple Sundays ago, God is in the midst of our struggles (or storms). He see you and knows the situation. You’re not alone. You and Bob are in my thoughts and in my prayers.
    Love you both💕🙏

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  4. Such a beautifully written post!!! I will remember the phrase from your dream, ‘Look for the rainbow’. Recently, my husband and I saw the biggest rainbow we have ever seen. It was on a night when we deeply needed to remember God’s promises to His people. God is always faithful. He is always right there with us. Sending you hugs and thank you for this post!!!

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    1. Oh how special for you and your husband to see that beautiful rainbow. God’s perfect timing! Great is His faithfulness! Thank you so much, Linda.

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  5. Beautiful, Nancy! I’m sorry that you and Bob are in another storm but your beautiful hope, faith and resilience is such an inspiration. You are a rainbow in our sky!!

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  6. Oh my, that is quite a story—one not to be forgotten. I love how your dream morphed from tornado into rainbow with an affirmation and the expectation of finding a desired outcome. What a wonderful reminder and lesson for life. And what a lovely photo!

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  7. Dear Nancy, this was so powerful in the way you pointed us to the Maker of rainbows. I’m sorry you and Bob are in the midst of another storm. May He lead you with serenity so that you both see more rainbows together.
    Hugs & prayers,
    Wendy Mac

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