Rainbow Prayers

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He’d been sitting out there for hours.  We’d been sailing through the Inner Passage in Alaska for 13 days.  On day 14, my husband disappeared onto the balcony with his binoculars and never came inside.  I visited him a couple of times… with my winter coat on.  I did not find the chill inviting, so I watched the view from the comfortable sofa inside our stateroom.

Just before lunch, he came inside looking for the camera.  “I asked God for a rainbow,” he declared.

I looked outside.  Although it was cold, there was not a cloud in the sky.  Humph, I thought… a rainbow on a sunny day.  This should be interesting.

“Lord, send my husband a rainbow,” my spirit breathed.  I know he’s your favorite.

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A couple of days later, I was sitting on the couch back at home when my husband emerged from his office.  He’d just gotten off the phone — a call we had not expected to go well had gone decidedly in our favor.  Daily, we had prayed for God to make a way and give us favor in a seemingly impossible situation.

Honestly, I was not surprised at all when my husband said, “She gave us a green flag.”  After all, I had just finished uploading our Alaska pictures to Facebook.

The rainbow on the Alaskan sea smiled brilliantly back at me filling me with hope.

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“He performs wonders that cannot be fathomed,
miracles that cannot be counted.”

Job 9:10, NIV

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Q4U:  Has God ever answered a seemingly impossible prayer request that you offered up in faith?  I would love to hear your story!

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On Display

Melting Gold

“Pure gold put in the fire comes out of it proved pure;

genuine faith put through this suffering comes out proved genuine.

When Jesus wraps this all up,

it’s your faith, not your gold,

that God will have on display as evidence of his victory.”

I Peter 1:7, MSG

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Unexpected Rain: “Into the Word” Week 11

The day held promise.  I had managed to get on the road in record time, and traffic was light.  I pulled into the parking space at work armed with a briefcase and determination to attack my long to-do list.  I swung the car door open, planted my feet firmly on the pavement, and stood ready to face the day.

And then it happened.  Out of nowhere.  Rain.  Hard rain.  With no warning.  Sure, it was a little cloudy, but before a heavy deluge, you expect some wind and thunder.  Not on this day.  Caught off guard, I ducked into the car, head first — a girl must protect her hair.  Then, when the storm picked up, I sort of tucked myself into the car — in the fetal position sprawled across the front seat.  I started digging for the umbrella, which was buried under mounds of junk in my bag.  Frustrated, my mood quickly shifted from happy to harried.  This downpour quenched my spirit.

Has it ever happened to you?   You are singing a happy tune when suddenly

…you receive a phone call with gut-wrenching news

… the transmission goes out on your car while you are running an errand

…the washer decides to stop working in the middle of the rinse cycle.

How do you handle unexpected rain?  So often, my soul drops to the floor in the fetal position crying out to Him — Why, Lord?  Why today?  What now?

This week, as I was digging “Into the Word,”  my Abba Father gently reminded me that rainy days do not lack purpose.  He uses the downpour to purify and strengthen our faith (I Peter 1:6-9).   The Master of Wind and Rain calls us to partner with Him so that we can be a light bearer in the stormy darkness:

Remember, our Message is not about ourselves;

we’re proclaiming Jesus Christ, the Master.

All we are is messengers, errand runners from Jesus for you.

It started when God said, “Light up the darkness!”

and our lives filled up with light

as we saw and understood God in the face of Christ,

all bright and beautiful.

II Corinthians 4:5-6, MSG

When we choose to look up to Him during an unexpected rain, the glory of the resurrected Christ radiates in and through us, all bright and beautiful.  The watching world will see His light shine in the midst of our stormy season.  The Creator God walks with me through the torrential downpour.

I would love to chat with you about how Christ has walked with as you have faced an unexpected rain.  How has He been a bright and beautiful light to you in the stormy darkness?  Feel free to share your heart in the comment section below.

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