What a week it has been so far! I pray that anyone reading this will feel God's presence somehow and know that he is working all things out for good (Romans 8:28). I have realized so much with this storm! One thing is seeing how quickly life can change.
When I was at work this past Thursday, I like many of us would have never imagined what was ahead in the days to come. I realized how important it is to save what you can from your paychecks to have some kind of emergency fund as we see how quickly life can change. I like many of us have had some difficult times last year and some of this year, so it has been rather difficult to save. There were times however, I see that I could have saved instead of eating out or buying something I did not really need. Despite the mistakes, God still loves us and will provide for us. We just have to also do our part and learn from our mistakes.
Prior to the storm, we were seeing hate come to the light. But prior to the storm I saw and experienced love come to light. On Thursday, I was getting ready to leave one job to head to the next. Before I left, my coworker goes on to tell me that school would be closed due to the storm forming. I was oblivious to how things had quickly changed and the storm had in fact increased in strength. So hearing that I was like "Umm say what?" So off I headed to get some water before work. After two stops, I found water! So here I was in line struggling to hold my case of water. There was a wait because the customer at the register was having issues with her card. I stepped back to allow another customer to pass between me and the person in front of me. I noticed the customer, who I let pass, walking back with a basket. She stops in front of me and gives me the basket so I didn't have to continue holding the case. I thanked her and thanked God for the small blessings in life like what this lady had done for me.
After work, I headed to fill up on gas. After waiting a while I was finally able to get gas and head to the grocery store to stock up on a few items. The grocery store was soooo packed that I had to hold my items. After finding a few things I needed, I headed to the long lines to check out. So here I am, waiting again while trying to hold all of these items I picked up. I tell you, I was so excited when I finally got near the register. The customer in front of me placed her grocery items followed by her shopping basket on the conveyor belt unconsciously which left no room for me to place my items on the belt. To be honest, I hadn't really noticed because I was so excited to be near the register! Somebody knows what I'm talking about! Those lines were no joke! Anyway, this older gentleman walks from behind the line and removed the basket, not in a malicious way, so I could place my groceries on the belt! I thanked him a couple or many times, lol, because I was so touched by the kindness I experienced that day. I thought this is America. A country where we help each other no matter our race. Again, I thanked God, checked out, and headed to my car to go home. On my way home, I looked up and noticed this beautiful partial rainbow leading to this beautiful white cloud. In that instance, I was reminded of Maya Angelou's speech at a university about all of the rainbows, (people), she has encountered in her cloudy days as well as family members who has been rainbows to so many others.
In life, we know that we won't always have sunny days. Some days will be cloudy. But in that cloudiness, there will always be a rainbow. There will always be someone God sends to help us. Yet, some days we are called to be the rainbow for others. We will be the beauty they need to encounter on those cloudy days. For God works through us and we are here to be a rainbow wherever we go. And as hopeless as things may SEEM right now, there will be even more rainbows through God to bring hope where there seems to be no hope.