Tracing the Rainbow through the Rain

heart and rainbowToday's randomly drawn sidewalk art (thanks to my neighbor Tina), very fitting for this entry.

Have you ever found yourself focusing on the beautiful rainbow in the distant sky, despite the rain around you? You’ve decided it’s okay to get wet and stand in the rain because the rainbow is one of God’s most beautiful creations.

Growing up as a country girl in Wisconsin, I found myself standing in the valley enjoying the wide spread of a rainbow across the eastern sky in the afternoons or early evenings when the sun decided to show its face during a rain shower.

The corn fields dotting the valley were beautiful and calm with the creek passing through them, the railroad tracks spanning the near horizon, and a distant farm gracing the countryside.

There were times of joy and sorrow in those years, and it was the calming countryside where I would take walks or sit on a log and meditate on life and its meaning. I’m so thankful that the truths of God were instilled into my life at an early age. The Bible was revered, and daily time with God valued.

My surroundings are now different. I live in the suburbs of Chicago where traffic abounds. Sirens blare. Neighbors are close by. Solitude is not in my backyard. But above me is still the blue sky, and a few weeks ago, I traced a rainbow through the rain.

My surroundings might be different, but my God and His love are the same.

During the offertory at church this last Sunday, I closed my eyes and enjoyed the string orchestra playing Dr. Ledgerwood’s fitting rendition of “O Love that Wilt Not Let Me Go” before opening the hymnal and following along with the amazing lyrics.

Love. Light. Joy. Cross--the four themes of each stanza. Love that won’t let me go. Light that follows me all my days. Joy that seeks me through the pain. The cross that lifts up my head.

Today we celebrate the birthday of George Matheson (March 27, 1942 - August 28, 1906), whose hymn “O Love That Wilt Not Let Me Go” has been treasured for many years.

Whatever surroundings and circumstances you find yourself in, take a moment to be blessed by the words of this powerful hymn. Trace your rainbow through the rain, and thank God for His never-ending love.

O Love that wilt not let me go,
I rest my weary soul in thee;
I give thee back the life I owe,
That in thine ocean depths its flow
May richer, fuller be.

O Light that followest all my way,
I yield my flickering torch to thee;
My heart restores its borrowed ray,
That in thy sunshine’s blaze its day
May brighter, fairer be.

O Joy that seekest me through pain,
I cannot close my heart to thee;
I trace the rainbow through the rain,
And feel the promise is not vain,
That morn shall tearless be.

O Cross that liftest up my head,
I dare not ask to fly from thee;
I lay in dust life’s glory dead,
And from the ground there blossoms red
Life that shall endless be.