Earlier last month I was driving home after an exhausting exam to end an even more exhausting day. I have a tendency to forget to celebrate the little victories in life, like finishing an exam in a class I’m taking, and instead focus on everything else I still have to do that night, that week, and that year. When you try to think about all of that at once you can literally feel the weight on your shoulders.
As some of you know I’m finishing up my last semester of Law School and the ever dreadful BAR exam in is my near future. Remarkably I’m excited about taking it (I know – somewhat weird) because it symbolizes a chapter of my life that will soon be over. It’s a bitter sweet feeling really. I’m excited to move on to bigger and better things, but at the same time I know that it’s going to get much much harder for me before it starts to get any bit better.
So I’m still driving along, thinking about finishing up this semesters and starting the prep for the BAR and I can literally feel the weight being added. I commute to school and have quite the drive, about an hour one way on a good day, so I had plenty of time to think about everything I still had to do once I arrived home. In the distance it looked like a storm, but there was this little *blip* of a rainbow. I call it a blip becuase it looked like only the littlest bit of rainbow right off the ground.
Still driving I continued to have thoughts race through my head.
…When I get home I have to start the laundry, because I really want to wear my comfy sweatpants tonight and I forgot to wash them last night …
…Do I need to stop and grab dog food or did Andrew already grab it…
… speaking of my pups when was their next vet appointment? (looks at clock) great, I can’t even call because they are closed …
…. Did I remember to start the crock pot?! Oh goodness … please tell me I remember to start the crock pot! I have no idea what we will have for dinner if I didn’t start it …
Still driving I noticed that while it was dark in the distance the sky was MUCH brighter and nicer where I was and of course my thoughts continued.
…. Am I driving into a tornado?! I swear this looks like a scene from Twister….
… How would I even know if I was driving into a tornado, I don’t have the radio channel that covers weather saved …
… I wonder if the pups are ok? They hate storms… ugh I still need to find out if Andrew grabbed the dog food or not!..
I was so lost and bogged down in my thoughts and concerns I didn’t even pause to admire that the rainbow was getting bigger. I noticed it getting bigger but I *had so many things to think about* it was just another *something* that was off in the distance to me.
Shortly after this point – It was as if God was trying to get me to pause, just for a second, and just be in his Grace. After all the Rainbow is a symbol of God’s Promise to the world and I was just ignoring it!
There was a turn in the road ahead and once I came around the turn it was literally like I drove into a little treasure trove of God’s Grace that was put there to remind me that – although I have big problems/stresses on the horizon my God is BIGGER then they are. There is nothing in the world that he cannot handle.
Trees were lining each side of the road in an assortment of different colors. Then I went around the corner and I was astounded – the lighting was a beautiful orange-ish color because of the sun setting and there – directly in from of me – were two complete rainbows going from one side of the Highway to the other!
I have never experienced anything like this in my life. It was picture perfect – I couldn’t even ignore it if I wanted to. All my thoughts – just – stopped.
It was like God wanted me to remember that even in the midst of my chaotic life – his grace is enough to overcome it all!
I just wanted to pass this on so that everyone remembers that!