I just wanted to be alone. I left my phone on the table, making sure I would not be disturbed by modern conveniences. Grabbing the umbrella by the door, I put on my boots and called for the dog. As we walked through the pouring rain in our back field, I started to pray.
My dad had faced a series of health issues over the past year. Most recently he had gone in for a bone biopsy. It was taking longer for the results than we were originally told, and everyone’s anxiety was increasing. There is only so many times you can hear a loved one talk about “when I’m gone,” before you break, and I had reached my limit.
I prayed that it wouldn’t be bone cancer. I prayed it would be something manageable. I prayed for a few more years with my Daddy. I prayed for a sign.
The rain was still coming down in buckets when I reached the tree-line that borders our back field. As the tears streamed down my face something made me look up. That’s when I saw it.
The most beautiful rainbow I had ever seen.
It was a complete rainbow, seeming to stretch from behind our neighbor’s house all the way across the sky to a field down the way. The colors were bright and vivid against the gloomy sky. Not only that, but there was a second, slightly lighter rainbow above it. A double rainbow.
I fell to my knees, in awe of how beautiful it was. I could not take my eyes from it.
Unlike so many rainbows that vanish as soon as you see them, this one lasted a long, long time. And I knew in my heart that I was meant to see it. It was my sign. And like that, my fears were gone. I still didn’t know the results of that biopsy, but I knew there was hope. And I knew I wasn’t alone.
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What a blessing that we can pour out to God all of our thoughts and fears and He provides us with peace. I pray that God will give you and your family continued peace whatever the results come out as. It’s hard to give up the worry and pleading isn’t it? My mom is currently going through chemo for cancer in her lungs – I’ve had many a day where I’ve done the whole “it’s not fair” schtick, only to realize that God has it all under control. It’s humbling.
Praying for your mom. May the doctors work God’s miracles and help her heal.
It is definitely hard not to worry. But when we give our fears to the Lord he brings such peace.
Chris Carter says
OH Christina! I am in tears! I could just picture you walking in the rain, tears pouring down your sweet face with that desperate plea to God for a sign.
Oh did He deliver.
Take that comfort and that joy and that peace and cling it, my friend. God IS WITH YOU.
That verse. PERFECT.
(Praying for the results, for your daddy, for you.)
Chasing Slow says
I’m so glad that you were able to see His promise and give you hope in such a beautiful arch of colors.
Have a lovely Thanksgiving!
Elizabeth Stewart says
God is so good! I pray your Daddy’s tests came back clear.
Yes, He is good!
Thank you for your prayers. The tests showed no cancer but a rare blood disease that manifests itself very similar to the cancer they were testing for. Thankfully it is treatable.
Ginny Marie says
What a beautiful post! I often find God in nature, and it’s just what I need, especially during those anxious times in life. I know how hard it is to wait for test results. Prayers for your dad!
It is amazing when we hear Him when we need Him most.
Thank you for your prayers, Ginny Marie. Thankfully his tests came back showing no cancer. He has a rare blood disease, but an awesome doctor who is on his case.
Lori Schumaker says
So thankful for those moments God reaches into our messiness and displays His life-giving hope! May you have a blessed Thanksgiving.
Blessings and smiles,
Hope you have a wonderful holiday season this year. Thanks for stopping by.