Sometimes I need a reminder. Sometimes I need a big fat rainbow of a reminder that God is good and that He is working out good things in my life. God is pretty patient with me. But often I am anything but patient with Him. I know that I am losing patience when I stop thanking Him for all that He has already done...and all that He has already brought me through! Thankfulness is key in preventing my attitude from becoming sour and foul. And oh how easy it can turn foul!
I don't know about you, but when my attitude turns foul, no one in the house is safe from it! I bark too loud at bedtime; I frustrate too easily at homework time; I am weary at dinnertime. And a frustrated, weary, and
I have set aside my thankfulness journal and I have spent more time, as of late, detailing my worries and concerns to God--about several areas of life--rather than thanking Him for what He has done. Thanksgiving is a conscious action. If we are not practicing thanksgiving, then we are not living in thanks. If we are not living in thanks...well, let me just speak for myself....I am instead living in
God knew that Noah was likely to forget how his family was spared, at one time or another, so He gave him the rainbow as a reminder. The rainbow is a visible, colorful reflection of God's light and goodness. The thing is, we have such visible and colorful reminders of His light and His goodness too. All around us. Honestly, if I just breathe deep and open my eyes, I notice His goodness all around. And I need to take those moments to give Him my thanks. Psalm 77:11-12 says "I will remember the deeds of the Lord; yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago. I will consider all your works and meditate on all your mighty deeds." Just thinking about what God has already done on my behalf and on behalf of my family is enough to pull me out of the funk! Giving thanks is what I need to do to remind my heart and my mind that He is truly in control and that He has never stopped listening to me. He is answering our prayers even as we give thanks!
Several nights ago, after a few hours of rain, the sun peeked out a little as it continued sprinkling. My son came running up the stairs shrieking, "You have got to see this!" And as my husband and I made our way downstairs, we saw a breathtaking reminder of God's goodness. And it wasn't even just half a rainbow (as I often see). Nope, it was the entire beautiful, perfect arc. (Of course, I couldn't fit that into my camera, so I took two pictures.) I was telling my husband that I think it was the first time in my life that I could remember seeing the entire arc. My son then said, "That's not all Mom, it's a double rainbow!" Sure enough!