I’ve had today’s topic on my mind for some time, so I’m finally getting my thoughts down. There are two reasons I chose the title I did for my blog. Well, actually three. Number one, I felt prompted to by Heavenly Father. Number two, I have had five rainbow babies. And Number three, because so many times in my life when I was worried, there “just happened” to be a rainbow that day- but as I have said before, I don’t believe in coincidences.
As a child, I always loved the story of Noah in the bible. I even have a cassette tape still with me reading the story. I loved that God promised that never again would he flood the earth-no matter the conditions of the hearts of men. So every time a “bow” was in the clouds, Noah was reminded of that promise. I especially love the Joseph Smith translation of some verses of Genesis 9. Verse 22 says:
“And this is mine everlasting covenant, that when thy posterity shall embrace the truth, and look upward, then shall Zion look downward, and all the heavens shall shake with gladness, and the earth shall tremble with joy.”
That is us now as we embrace truth and as we stand for what is good and right. Sharing our light with those around us. Not by being preachy, but by acting with love toward all men-just as the Savior would.
For me, I started really noticing when rainbows coincided with events in my life the day I graduated college. As with a lot of high schoolers, I was a little nervous to go out on my own. I was very excited, but also very nervous. I vividly remember coming out of the graduation ceremony to see a rainbow in the sky. I was so happy to be out of our tiny gym because I also had a sinus infection and could barely breathe because of air was so hot and stuffy! But that rainbow! I remember feeling such PEACE! Everything was going to be ok. I had chosen a good path to start out my life as an adult.
There was also a rainbow in the sky the day my parents drove me down to Snow College. And there have been too many to count since then. I love the direction my front door of my home now faces. After rain storms, view of rainbows over our valley with the beautiful mountains in the background is just simply joyful!
Taking time to look for rainbows means we are remembering also to slow down. To remember what we promised Heavenly Father we would do while we are here on earth. There is a quote by President Spencer W. Kimball that I like:
“No father, no son, no mother, no daughter should get so busy that he or she does not have time to study the scriptures and the words of modern prophets. None of us should get so busy that we crowd out contemplation and praying. None of us should become so busy in our formal Church assignments that there is no room left for quiet Christian service to our neighbors.”
Getting up early is my quiet time. It is the time I can take to notice the beauty out my front window. It is my time to listen for inspiration. Now I’m normal and this doesn’t happen every morning. But I love this time, so I’m more motivated to get up for this time. If you missed my post One More Day, check it out. When we take the time to plan our days/weeks/goals, we are more successful. We can be more accomplished in our goals, more centered as parents, and more available to help our neighbors.
Confucious said, “When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don’t adjust the goals, adjust the action steps.” Getting up early isn’t for everyone. I know my husband is not a morning person, so that’s not his first choice of when to study the scriptures and have his quiet time. He much prefers the quiet of the night. It’s not important when, it’s just important that it happens.
Heavenly Father’s promises are the best. I also love the scripture In Mosiah 2:41
“And moreover, I would desire that ye should consider on the blessed an happy state of those that keep the commandments of God. For behold, they are blessed in all things, both temporal and spiritual; and if they hold out faithful to the end they are received into heaven, that thereby they may dwell with God in a state of never-ending happiness. O remember, remember that these things are true; for the Lord God hath spoken it.”
We have been given the BEST promises from our Heavenly Father. And when we deliberately take time to plan how we are going to be faithful till the end, then we can be happy now. That can be us that are in “never-ending happiness”! There’s that famous scripture that Men are that they might have joy! Heavenly Father wants us to be happy. And he has given us the path to happiness in the scriptures.
So next time you see a rainbow, remember the promises that Heavenly Father has made to us. Remember that He is there for you. He loves you. He wants each of us to be with him in a state of never-ending happiness. What could be better than that?
Life is Good. Share the Good.
PS If anyone knows how to transfer cassette tapes to something not archaic, let me know!
PSS Did you notice my top image has a double rainbow? I love those!