Well the first amazing days of spring are here. Now we need the weather to catch up. I’m waiting but I must confess…not too patiently. I am tired of the layers of winter clothing suitable for walking. I am craving my Flip Flops, what can I say?
I look through my photos repeatedly at the warm sunny scenes out on my deck and feel the warm soothing rays shower over me. I almost hear the busy buzzing of the bees flying in and out of my welcome blossoms.
Now I am impatient for that first refreshing spring rain. The one that brings the earth around us back to life. All the leftovers and grubby slush left over from winter will be washed away and replaced by the memorable spring green that actually glows!
As those of you who read my work or follow me already know, I love the rain…as in: A nice refreshing, warm summer rain.
But I am not always thrilled at driving through it, especially when we get strong prairie winds and the wipers cannot keep up and it is frightening when buckets of water are hitting the windshield. As I was coming home on this particular day last spring, there was a super downpour and just as I was thinking of pulling over, it let up. Just like that! My first sigh of relief was: ‘I can see!’ And what was even better was the fact that it was clear to see not only ONE Rainbow, but TWO!
For a change, this time, on the drive, I didn’t have to wonder if the storm was going to get worse as I drove. The Rainbow that is always promised after the storm, was my archway ahead and it felt amazingly close so I drove on in confidence. The worst was over and I enjoyed the Rainbow for quite a distance.
As the pretty little plaque on my wall at home says:
‘IF YOU WANT THE RAINBOW … YOU’VE GOTTA PUT UP WITH THE RAIN!’
As I arrived back in town the rain was just ending and I drove towards the lake. The Rainbow was everywhere at once!
While I was writing my book of 101 BLESSINGS 2 winters ago and spent last autumn & winter writing, the sequel, 101 PROMISES, I was learning so much on both of those journeys. The very things that were around me all the time were the sources for my Blessings, that I wrote about. It didn’t start out quite that way because I had my book outlined from the list of events & memories that I took from my journals that I’d kept. As I wrote, I continually acknowledged all these events and memories made up my life. And my book of Promises, taught me even more. As I wrote, I realized how many of the Promises in the Bible that I quoted, I had experienced in my own life or in someone that I knew.
What has become my own ‘eye openers’, were the facts that I didn’t specifically write them down as ‘Blessings” in my journals! There are good things, happy moments, love of family & our traditions, some growing pain choices I made, even grief & disappointments I’d experienced. Also various mistakes along my own journey in life that I’ve learned from. These are all the kaleidoscope of Blessings and Promises that make up my life! It was in the second book of Promises, that I got a ‘clear’ picture of how God has always been there and worked in my life, protecting, guiding and correcting me.
As a woman of faith, I wanted to share with my Readers, how that faith works in my own life. Perhaps similar or differently than yours, but that is okay and as it should be. We are all unique individuals. For myself, mine has come from daily experiences that have kept me growing. Heartaches from losing loved ones, changing plans, health, finances, relocating. Learning patience. The word: ‘WAIT’. Not every time was a winner, but these journeys in my walk of life, became my Blessings when I climbed above the hurdles and held on to faith when the visibility wasn’t ‘clear’.
There is something about writing out that story that is within us. I believe that and now, I can see ‘A CLEAR VIEW’.
That old time favorite song by Jimmy Cliff has the perfect lyrics and I’ve always liked them. For this: they are right on! I went to my playlist and listened to it over & over, with my spiritual ears tuned in.
It has actually been numbered into the Blessings Book @ 100, and I am sharing part of it here:
I CAN SEE CLEARLY NOW by Jimmy Cliff
‘I Can See Clearly Now, The Rain Has
I can see all obstacles in my way.
Gone Are The Dark Clouds That Had Me Down….
It’s Gonna Be A Bright, Bright, Sunshinin’ Day.
Oh Yes I Can Make It Now, The Pain Is Gone.
All of The Bad Feelings Have Disappeared.
Here Is That Rainbow
I’ve Been Prayin’ For…
It’s Gonna Be A Bright, Bright,
Bright Sunshiny Day!
But Blue Skies.
Look Straight Ahead… Nothing But Blue Skies!
It’s Gonna Be A
I was inspired by the loyal friends and loved ones who supported me. They gave me space as needed and believed with me that my messages of faith were important enough to write. They wouldn’t let me give up when I had moments of uncertainty. Thank You, Lord, and thank you, Family, Friends & Readers, for all you have done.
You add numbers daily, to my Blessings.
Until next time, this is Memory Lane,
As The Bee Cozy’s Coffee Shop Writer, wishing you a great week ahead. And I believe it will be…IT’S SPRING!