Saturday, March 26, 2016

Rainbow Trails When God Washed The World

God washed the world today.


I left the house for an afternoon walk, and the sun was shining brightly in the skies.


Soon, out of nowhere, this cloud grew quite ominous.


and it began to rain.


I could have turned around...


but the adventurous heart within me pressed onward...


The skies grew rather dark now and as I walked my heart wrote this...

Lifting my face as the cold wind brushes
Gently twirling, pelting in its ambush
Where did the sun go?
Hidden behind the dark slate clouds
The rain began to fall
Softly at first, just a touch
Then increasing in tempo
I walked  - matching my steps
With the pelting raindrops

Lifting my face as the cold wind brushes
Dripping now, droplets of ice cold liquid
Slip down my face in silent rivers of delight
I meant to walk in the sunshine
But God was washing the world
And I lifted my face to the sky
And savored each drop on my face
I embraced the cold, the wet
And walked on with my face to the sky.

The sun was hiding in the shadows
Playing dancing games with the clouds
Dipping, bowing, saucily enticing
The clouds to hover, then part
Oh the joy of walking and watching the antics in the sky
Reveling in the beauty, the cold wild beauty
Raindrops glistening, cold on my face
Raw wind blowing, exhilarating in its embrace.

I will not question why the sun hid in the clouds
And the rain began to fall with the cold wind
Hovering, whistling and pouncing on me
I lifted my face to the sky and I embraced
The moody weather, hoping to see a rainbow

At last, at last the clouds parted and the sun peeked
Its head out long enough to shine
A million specks glistened in the damp air
And the rainbow… not one… but two
Shimmered in the blue sky
You see, God not only washed the world
But He washed my mind, my soul and spirit too.

Thank you Lord for the rain… for without it
I would not see the rainbow
Thank you for washing the world for me today
All I wanted was a walk in the sun
But you had a better plan for me
Thank you Lord for washing me with your glory

While you washed the world. 

~ me ~


The rainbow God sent for me! 


Annie and I continued on our walk... enjoying the anxious clouds


 and the sun's filtered rays through the cold misty air


Annie spotted some turkeys on the path ahead


As we climbed, the turkeys kept a few feet ahead of us...


Can you see them? They are in the shadows, but Annie's gaze is upon them.


We climbed to a beautiful vantage point, and the rain eased a bit... the clouds parted and the sun shone bright.


But not for long!


These little white flowers were growing high on the rocks, tinier than the tip of your finger, their happy faces lifted to the sun.


The toms kept a distance from us as we climbed for a better view.


I don't need a gym membership.. I've got a free membership to the most amazing "gym" right down the street!



Another lovely flower bravely blooming!


The skies grew heavy again with anticipation.



Displaying colorful antics as far as the eye could see


My neighbor and Jaz came to meet me as I walked by.  She was walking her horse, and we teamed up to walk together.


Jaz was checking me... and my camera... out!


And the rain... it came... again! 

 

Another neighbor saw us out walking as she was driving by and we stopped to talk to her.


Jaz looked magnificent with the sun setting behind her! She was quite patient as my neighbor and I talked to another neighbor...




And the finale.... as the sun finally went to bed... the clouds oohed and awed and gave it their best shot... we did a bit of oohing and awing too... how great is our God!  My neighbor and I enjoyed sweet fellowship as we walked... the glorious skies above us, the cool wind nipping, and the sweet joy of the Lord that we shared as we walked... how thankful I am to have a neighbor to share the glory of Lord with!



Back at home... a hot cup of tea warmed up the bones... but my heart had been washed, and was basking in the glory of a magnificent Savior whose plans are always better than mine.  I wanted sunshine... He sent rain.  I could have turned back, and missed it all.

But I lifted my face to the sky, and oh what glory filled my soul... the beauty of it all!

A life lesson for sure... storms come, clouds come, rain falls.. and we didn't plan for that... it wasn't on our schedule... but be patient, stick around, and lift your head to the sky... HE might just have a rainbow in mind for you!  HE did for me :)

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31 comments:

  1. What a beautiful post...thank you. Have a lovely rest of the weekend, Happy Easter to you.

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    1. Thank you Linda, I appreciate your visit as always, and hope that your Easter was lovely!

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  2. What an amazing day ! Your photographs are beautiful and so was the poem. Thank you for sharing !
    Happy Easter to you all !

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    1. It was an amazing day, and I'm so thankful for the rainbow too... appreciate your visit, and trust that your Easter was lovely!

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  3. Absolutely Beautiful! Thank you for sharing. Blessings & Hugs ♥ Teri

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    1. Thank you Teri... it was a wonderful walk, and I never cease to be amazed at the glory of the Lord around me! Have a wonderful week!

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  4. Your poem is beautiful as are all the pictures that you took and shared. Thank you for sharing your walk with me. :) Have a wonderful Easter!

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    1. Thank you Debbie! I appreciate your visit, and your kind words! We had a wonderful Easter, and trust that you did as well! :)

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  5. Your poem is beautiful as are all the pictures that you took and shared. Thank you for sharing your walk with me. :) Have a wonderful Easter!

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  6. What a glorious post...and poem! You are truly a gifted writer! Have a blessed Easter!

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    1. Thank you for your kind words, I do appreciate them, and it was such a lovely, memorable walk! Hope that you had a lovely Easter as well, and pray that your week is great :)

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  7. Always go with the adventure and God will reward you.
    Beautiful images.
    Thanks for visiting me
    MB

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    1. Thank you for your kind words, it is always an adventure walking with the Lord, for sure! Have a blessed day :)

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  8. Your pictures and poetry touched my heart. Thank you so much.

    Happy Easter, Marilyn!

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    1. Thank you Gina, you are so sweet! It was a blessed walk indeed. Praying you have a lovely week ahead!

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  9. Beautiful photos and poem! How marvelous to be able to see God at work all around us. May you have a wonderful day of Celebrating the Resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!

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    1. Thank you Abbi for your kind words! Indeed, the presence of the Lord was beautiful as we celebrated the greatest day in the history of mankind! Praise the Lord for He is risen, and my heart rejoices not only one day, but every day! Trust you had a blessed Easter too, and that your week ahead is great!

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  10. Oh, what gorgeous photos and rhapsodic, lyrical words. What a day you experienced; a day filled with God's majesty. Such a heart warming and uplifting post....thank you, Marilyn!

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    1. Appreciate your kind words Kim! It was a beautiful day, and such a joy to share it too! I'm thankful you enjoyed the "cyber" walk with me! Hoping you have a blessed and lovely week!

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  11. You my friend not only have a way with that camera, but a way with words. Beautiful. I love how you express yourself...and share it with us.

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    1. Thank you Kim, your words warmed my heart! It was a beautiful walk, and the rainbow was like icing on the cake :) Hoping you are having a wonderful week so far!

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  12. What a beautiful post and poem. How beautifully God blessed you on your walk and, more importantly, you gave Him the glory for the rain and you saw the beauty of it all. Thanks for sharing and I wish you a blessed week ahead. xx Pam

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    1. Thank you Pamela for your kind words... and indeed I do always want to give God the glory for the beauty of His creation! I have learned that the Lord can bless any situation, no matter how it may seem to us and He shows me constantly on walks just like this, how much He cares about us! Praying you had a blessed Easter, and a wonderful week too!

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  13. What a glorious adventure your walk turned out to be! Your writing was just so beautiful...and the photos! Oh, my! I loved them so much! No, you surely do not need a gym membership...you exercise in GOD'S gymnasium! It made me think of that song, "The more I looked around me, the more that I did look, the more I realized that I was viewing God's coloring book." I am amazed at how quickly your weather and the sky changes where you live. Thank you for sharing your heart and your adventures here with us. Love you, sweet friend. :)

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    1. Thank you dear Cheryl... truly the words came from my heart as the Lord was showing them to me, and I can't help but share His glory with others... it is a lesson I've learned many times, that the darkest times of our lives is just when the Lord shows up with a rainbow! How He does it I don't understand, but He is always so faithful! Praying for you dear friend, and believing that the Lord will continue to work out His plan for your lives in clearly amazing ways! GOD is so good! Much love to you today :)

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  14. This is so beautiful. And it is what I needed. I had a different Easter. Not all of my family are Christians. It can be different getting together for Easter dinner. Sadly, this was one of those years. ;-(
    Thank you for this, I needed it.
    Carla

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    1. Oh dear Carla, I can understand and believe just what you are saying. It is so sad when your family doesn't know the Lord, and how family get togethers can be so difficult. OH I do understand, and am so thankful that this little post of mine blessed you! It surely came from the Lord because as I walked it was His joy that was flooding my heart. I appreciate your friendship, and will pray that the Lord will find a way to encourage your heart in spite of family situations! Much love to you dear friend!

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  15. I love your writing! When God washed the world! That was really good.

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    1. Thank you Lynne, I truly appreciate your kind words! It was so lovely to see the rainbow as God washed the world :) Trust you had a wonderful Easter, and a great week ahead!

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  16. What a beautiful poem you wrote. You were truly inspired by the Lord's handiwork. Isn't He amazing? Thank you for sharing this, and I'm soooo happy you have a neighbor to walk and talk with. What a blessing! Hugs, Nancy

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    1. Thank you for your kind words Nancy! I never cease to be amazed at how the Lord works, and the beauty showcased in His creation! It was a blessing to walk with my neighbor! I now have three neighbors who have come out to walk with me since I started walking here! Isn't that awesome! I love it :) Have a blessed day my friend!

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