Noah, Nooks, and Rainbows

I made it to Florida! WHOO HOOO! It wasn't an easy transition, but it was worth it, and I made memories along the way. I want to share with you today how intimately Jesus loves you and wants to be involved in all the details of your life. This is the story of my rainbow.

Do you have something between you and God that every time you hear it, see it, smell it, you know, with every fiber of your being, it is a wink from your heavenly Daddy? I do, and it is the symbol of the rainbow. My earthly Daddy passed away in 2011. I have to say that his passing and the events surrounding it was the most beautiful experience I ever had with Jesus. I flew down to Florida once my Dad passed. That Sunday, my sister asked me to go to Dad's church for service. As we sat in Dad's usual pew, I just listened. The priest started off his sermon by quoting the lyrics to the song "I can see clearly now" by Jimmy Cliff.

It goes like this….

I can see clearly now the rain is gone.

I can see all obstacles in my way.

Gone are the dark clouds that had me blind.

It's gonna be a bright (bright)

Bright (bright) sunshiny day.

It's gonna be a bright (bright)

Bright (bright) sunshiny 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 praying for.

It's gonna be a bright (bright)

Bright (bright) sunshiny day.

My spirit leaped within my body. It reminded me of my Dad being in heaven. He could make it now because the pain was gone, and that was the rainbow he was praying for.

Over that weekend, "the rainbow" kept popping up everywhere! So much so, my siblings and I decided to play the song "Somewhere over the rainbow" by Israel Kamakawiwio'ole, you know, the giant Hawaiian guy on his ukulele? The funeral was beautiful, and God was involved in it, with every detail.

Since then, God has used the rainbow to let me know He is present with me, it's gonna be okay, and He is in every detail.

I would love to share with you every rainbow story, but it would be a book. Maybe one day! So, for today, here is my favorite.

I went to El Salvador on a mission trip two years ago. I tried to manipulate God and begged Him to show me a rainbow. I was a crazy person. Every time it rained, I ran outside. Nothing. One day a boy took out a ukulele; I thought for sure he would start playing and singing "Somewhere over the rainbow," nope! I looked on every kids' t-shirt, nothing.

I gave up, but God didn't.

It was the last day of our clinic, and the day couldn't have been any brighter! I got off the bus and started walking to the facility when suddenly one of the Pastors sang the chorus, "It's gonna be a bright (bright) sunshiny day."

There it was! My face couldn't contain the biggest smile, and I said out loud, "Thank you, Jesus."

A week before the mission trip, my mom passed away. Rainbows were all over the place with her passing as well. While on the mission trip, the same singing Pastor asked me to give my testimony. UGH! I didn't want to, but I agreed. I know it by heart, but I went to my room to make some notes the night before. God revealed something HUGE to me regarding my estranged relationship with my mom. It was so incredibly healing. God carefully took the time to minister to me and heal a massive hole in my heart. When I got home from El Salvador, I thought of the singing Pastor and my testimony. I looked up the lyrics to the song, "I can see clearly now." The stanza that stood out was:

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 praying for.

It's gonna be a bright (bright)

Bright (bright) sunshiny day.

Oh, girls! I had so much pain surrounding my mom, and God used my own testimony to bring healing to my heart. I prayed to see a rainbow in El Sal, and this moment on my bed in the hotel was that rainbow! All of the bad feelings disappeared. WHAT??????? I shake as I type this.

So here I am in Florida. This was a hard move, but I knew deep within my gut that this move was orchestrated by God without a doubt. My new home, orchestrated by God. Living across the street from one of my BFF's, orchestrated by God. I knew it!!

Within a couple of days of moving in, I was alone in my home. I walked through every room and prayed. I got to the garage, and something caught my eye. In the corner of the garage was a HUGE rock with a rainbow painted on it.

WHAT?????? Girls, you know I started doing the jig! God was letting me know, I see you, I'm with you, it's gonna be okay, and I am in every detail. I texted my realtor, her hubby (who is working on the house), and my hubby…. "there is a rock with a rainbow on it in the garage; do not ditch it." My realtor said, "I'm going to find out the story behind the rock with the rainbow." She was going to reach out to the previous homeowner.

While I was waiting for her reply, BFF came over, and we were looking at the lanai. Yes, girls, I have a lanai…so fancy! There is a little corner, and I said I wanted to put a couch and a small table, and this "nook" can be where Mark and I do our quiet time together on Saturday mornings.

The reply from the previous homeowner came in………

"Oh wow, that rock…Rainbows are so special to our family simply because of our son Noah who passed away. The rock is so significant, and I was so very sad that it did not make it back here. If I had been there, I would have dragged that rock back to Canada! After Noah passed away, a nurse who had been such a huge part of our journey and became a wonderful family friend painted the rock for us. (Noah's sweet face surrounded by the rainbow) Most of it has faded away despite our efforts to preserve it. But the rainbow remains! It makes me so happy to hear that the rock has been significant to them as well and that they will not ditch the rock!"

Does that not just melt your heart?! It gets even better. I had the extraordinary privilege to meet the family, and they shared more of the story with me. Noah was able to visit "Give Kids the World. (check it out… There is a special place on the property called "Noah's Nook," It is described like this "After swimming, splashing, and playing, families can grab all kinds of snacks from Noah's Nook. The nook is named in honor of a wonderful, wish child whose family visited the Village. Noah's Dad wanted the nook to be a "place to serve families like ours and hopefully provide a needed dose of joy." Remember I said I wanted a "nook" on my lanai? My hubby moved the rock, in a wheelbarrow, to this nook, and I will dedicate this space to Noah. As I sit with God in this nook, I know He will provide me a "dose of joy."

Why do I share all this with you? In Genesis 9, God put a rainbow in the sky as a covenant between Him and Noah. A symbol of a promise from God. Pray and ask God for your own symbol and a specific promise from Him to you. Psalm 37:23b says, "He delights in every detail of their lives." That is God's promise to me. God is so incredibly amazing. Words can't even begin to express it. I want you to know something. Jesus is madly in love with you! He wants to WOW you every day with His presence. He is all over the place, waiting to show you, Himself. PLEASE, get into this type of intimacy with Him! He will "ROCK" your world. Jesus is ready and waiting to make sweet memories with you, in the good times as well as the hard times. There is nothing sweeter than the love relationship between you and Jesus. Get with Him today and ask Him to bust open your heart and receive Him and His love for you.

Wholeheartedly His,


*In honor of Noah and his family.

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