It was raining and shining all at the same time.
We've been studying Jonah in school. He deliberately ran from God. Found himself thrown overboard ship in a storm and in the pit of a fish's belly. And there, once again, God showed up.
Light in deepest darkness.
And no less true today...true, abiding comfort found in these words. For us all...
Where can I go from your Spirit?
Where can I flee from your presence?
If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
if I settle on the far side of the sea,
even there your hand will guide me,
your right hand will hold me fast.
If I say "Surely the darkness will hide me
and the light become night around me,"
even the darkness will not be dark to you;
the night will shine like the day,
for darkness is as light to you.
In times of deepest need, hopeless pain, unsure outcomes, He remains with us. Our light, even when it's raining.
And I'm so thankful, thankful, for His constant presence, for He never forgets even when I do. So I stop to thank Him, remembering His regular, marvelous gifts:
*Slow Uno games
*A night out with just my family..enjoying pancakes together
*Worm-diggers, boys who play hard at being boys
*Launching Lincoln Log cannons in the war--they included me and even thought I was a good shot!
*My neighbor's life inside her--a boy!
*Call from my dear friend...life inside her after many years of waiting
*Kind words at the right time
*A good van
*Good talks with my son
*A walking partner
*School chaos that's okay
*A warm and undeserved welcome
*Finding a half-price book holder at an estate sale...just what I was wanting!
*Phones for communication
*Communication with my Father
photos: warm springs rainbows, Tim in a puddle, firework text: Psalm 139.7-12