She Smiles At the Rainbow in the Clouds

She Smiles At the Rainbow in the Clouds

An inspirational writer, Maya Angelou wrote in her groundbreaking memoir ‘I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings’. that “Words mean more than what is set down on paper.” A tribute to this remarkable woman was published late last year after she passed away and was titled –  ‘Rainbow in the Clouds’. Maya Angelou always said that:

‘God put a rainbow in the clouds to give us hope.

We can be the rainbow in someone else’s cloud.’

The theme of a rainbow in the clouds (Genesis 9:13) is also the topic of a Sunday School Song. The lyrics go something like this:

When God shut Noah in the grand old ark
he put a rainbow in the clouds
When thunders rolled and the sky was dark
God put a rainbow in the clouds

God put a rainbow in the clouds
(God put a rainbow in the clouds)
When it looked like the sun wouldn’t shine anymore
God put a rainbow in the clouds

Away down yonder in Egypt’s sand
God put a rainbow in the clouds
Just to lead his children to the promised land
God put a rainbow in the clouds.

When they put old Daniel in the lion’s den

God put a rainbow in the clouds

Just to prove his promise to the sons of men
God put a rainbow in the clouds.

God put a rainbow in the clouds
(God put a rainbow in the clouds)
Well, it looked like the sun wouldn’t shine anymore
God put a rainbow in the clouds.

(Credit: Rhonda Vincent, http:’//www.songlyrics.com).

 The Rainbow in the clouds is the hope that we are reminded of when we need to breathe. When we feel fearful, but just want to have a ‘No Fear New Year.’ From the lines of my favourite book is ‘Tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it…..yet (L.M Montgomery). If we are honest we all make a marvellous mess of things sometimes. And whatever foibles, oversights or misjudgments may languish on the landscape of last year, I do know that we can smile at the future, and laugh at the days to come (Proverbs 31:25).When the end of the day draws near, we have the assurance that whether our future forecast is more like a rainbow or a cloud, it is He who holds them in the palm of His hand. God doesn’t promise us a world of roses and rainbows, but He does promise us joy for the battle. May we comprehend the peversity of life, that in the struggle lies the joy (Maya Angelou).
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 As we come into a New Year we can meditate on God’s word and thank Him for His goodness. If there are disappointments that we carry, or hopes deferred that have made our heart sick, We can be reminded of His promise that He will repay us for the years that the locusts have eaten’ (Joel 2:25).

Do you have New Year Resolutions? Or is your resolution to not make resolutions! I usually make resolutions to read the Word more, to pray more, to exercise more and to de-clutter the house more. But do you notice a theme? Are our New Year Resolutions merely another to-do list? A striving to do more? My husband has always told our girls that they are His delightful daughters. It has really resonated with my eldest daughter, and she always tells me proudly that she is ‘Daddy’s delightful daughter.’ It has been a gentle reminder to me also that none of us need to strive as we are His delightful daughters.

Sometimes self-help advice abounds at this time of year. But instead of looking inward, or looking to improve ourselves, what if we were to catch a glimpse of His grace by looking up and fixing our eyes on Jesus, who is the pioneer and perfector of our faith (Hebrews 12:2). Then we could be free this year to just be.

I do have a few goals as we journey into next year. I want to have a passion for compassion. I’d like to be unflappable (but I’m not there yet). I want to rejoice and rest in Him more this coming year, renewed and steeped in His peace. I’d like to go slow more often – as I’ve learned the hard way that hurry hurts the kids. And instead of seeking presents I’d like to always have His presence. I want to write God’s heart. And at the risk of sounding a little Pollyanna-ish, I’d like to be able to smile at the clouds as well as the rainbows……….and to be the rainbow in someone else’s cloud. new year

Happy New Year

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