We all have lots of memories of experiences we have gone through. Some we remember as being very joyful and others are very sad or even painful. In the midst of joyous experiences, my thoughts for the future have turned to happy and hopeful expectations. However, during a very sorrowful time, for example when I was 18 years old, I thought joy was gone from my life forever.
But over time, I began to experience joy again even greater than I thought was possible. I can now remember that particular experience without the same feeling of deep sorrow because I can see how God was my refuge and strength through it all. He still had a plan for my life.
I am thankful that from time to time I am reminded of the good times and the bad times. The memory of those experiences often gives me hope for whatever lies ahead.
God also gives us His Word to remind us of the experiences of people from the beginning of time who went through good times and bad times. We read in Genesis 9 that God placed a rainbow in the sky as a reminder of the covenant he made with Noah and every living creature, for all future generations. He wants us to remember His faithfulness to His children.
It has been a couple of weeks since I first wrote the above thoughts as I pondered the word remember. A friend had asked me to send it to her, so I was reading over it again before I sent it to her.
The mention of the rainbow reminded me of an incident that happened last week. It was sunny outside, but the weather report on my phone indicated heavy rain nearby. I mentioned to my husband that the rain must not have arrived at our location yet because it was still sunny out.
He looked out at the front of the house and reported a hard rain. We both went out into the carport for a closer look. Since the sun was shining through the rain, I mentioned that there was probably a rainbow somewhere. Because of the downpour, we just headed back into the house.
As I was walking back in the door, I glanced out the kitchen window to the backyard and saw a little bit of a rainbow across the bottom corner of the window. Since the backyard is wooded and there was almost no sky visible out the window that seemed odd. So I went to get a closer look out the sliding glass doors in the den. As I opened the curtains I saw a small rainbow from the middle of the yard going across the fence just into the next door neighbor’s yard.
The arc of the rainbow was only about 20 feet off the ground. It was well below the top of the trees behind it. I was able to take a picture in which the rainbow is faintly visible. It was our own personal rainbow.
I now realize God wanted me to remember his faithfulness to his children again today, as we had just this morning received word that my husband’s recent chest x-ray indicated a potential problem. This gift from God is worth far more than a pot of gold.
~ Meet Joyce Abernathy ~
Joyce Abernathy has been married to her husband Dana for 40 years. They have four grown children and five grandchildren. She just recently retired after working as an elementary school secretary for 20 years. She enjoys spending time with family and friends and learning new craft skills.
Happy 40th Anniversary, Joyce and Dana Abernathy!!