Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Looking For A Rainbow

"Instead of looking for a rainbow in your dark cloud, BE a rainbow of blessing to others in the midst of the cloud."

This is a concept the Lord has been pressing into my heart a lot lately.  I've gone through wanting the dark clouds to go away to looking for the "rainbow", the blessing, that He might have for me in the cloud.  But now it seems He's asking me to reach for more---to BE a rainbow.  This is a true challenge because it carries with it the thought that the dark cloud may stay.  It may become the new "normal". 

I don't like to think that things won't turn around for us financially.  I've been hanging on by my fingertips for the moment of deliverance!  Oh, I see the rainbow that's in the cloud.  It certainly has cured me of being a shopaholic.  I've learned to appreciate food on the table.  Dinner out used to a French restaurant.  Now its Carl's Jr. on a coupon "twofer", and I'm so excited to not have to cook!  I've been stunned by the love and generosity of friends.  One even sold some of her jewelry and gave me the money to pay bills. She insisted its what the Lord had told her to do. Talk about love...

I'm certainly more creative for birthday's.  One day the Lord impressed on my heart to give something I loved to someone I loved more.  So for the last year I've been giving special pieces of jewelry to friends on their birthdays, and I've found such joy when I see them wearing it because its a symbol of my love for them.  They've been blessed, but I've been blessed more.  Still, its all been temporary to me, just a way to get by this terrible time.  But what if it doesn't pass?  Will I let the dark cloud swallow my joy?  No, I'm determined to be a rainbow, keeping my joy, sharing my love, and thanking God that I'm rich beyond measure because I belong to Him.






3 comments:

  1. Patty I agree with this wholeheartedly! It is how I believe the Lord wants us to live. It is patterning ourselves after our Lord. He lived for others and died for us all. It is only when I am serving others for the Lord that the Holy Spirit causes me to feel fulfilled and rejoice. As soon I as put my eyes on myself I become a mess!! My mother's favorite poem that she left for me was called,
    "Others"
    Lord, help me live from day to day
    In such a self-forgetful way,
    That even when I kneel to pray,
    My prayer shall be for "Others".

    Help me in all the work I do
    To ever be sincere and true,
    And know, that all I do for You
    Must needs be done for "Others".

    And when my work on earth is done,
    And my new work in Heaven's begun,
    May I forget the crown I've won,
    While thinking still of "Others".

    "Others". Lord, yes, "Others"!
    Let this my motto be.
    Help me to live for others
    That I may live for Thee.

    This never meant as much to me as it does today. I feel a really special bond with my mother now knowing that I really understand how she felt and wanted to live her life. She did a good job because everyone loved being around her. She was a rainbow to those she came into contact with! And she did it for the Lord!
    Patty, you also are a rainbow to those you come into contact with. You are a blessing to me and all the ladies I know that know you. Thank you for being that rainbow and sharing so much of yourself. Love you and praying for you sweet sister.

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  2. I thank God for you as you have role modeled what being a rainbow during the dark clouds is supposed to look like. Thank you for another wonderful post. Love you, Lauren

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  3. Thank you Patty. I think I needed to hear that about an area of my life that seems to have dark clouds over it.

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