Don't forget to look for the rainbow.
"When it looked like the sun wouldn't shine anymore, God put a rainbow in the clouds."
Dr. Maya Angelou passed away in 2014 at the age of 86, but what a gift she gave to this world. Through not only her poetry, but her books and the amazing life she lived. With such titles as I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, The Heart of a Woman, and my personal favorite, Mom & Me & Mom.
That last title gave readers a very up close and personal glimpse of her sometimes complicated relationship with her mother. More importantly it provided a great understanding of how every twist and turn on her journey shaped her into the remarkable woman she became.
I remember watching a live stream of her homecoming service, with the talented songstress, Allyson Williams, singing a beautiful, soul-stirring rendition of the song, "God Put a Rainbow in the Clouds".
If you haven't seen it, I've provided the link here:
With some of the things that many of us experience on a daily basis, I got to thinking about the lyrics of that song and the message in them.
No matter the challenges we face, the misfortune we may experience, or what disappointments we endure, there is always a rainbow in the cloud.
I know a woman who recently lost her home to foreclosure. Though she was ashamed and despondent, she found comfort through the kindness of friends and co-workers who came together to help her relocate. To the outsider, it appeared to be just linens and glasses, but it was so much more than that.
Perhaps you read about the teacher who was in distress because she could not afford the supplies she needed to teach her students. All of us know a public-school teacher who has experienced this. After this woman discussed her plight on a train ride with a friend, she received donations from strangers sitting nearby who had heard her cry.
And last, but not least, is the story of the two daughters whose mother received a cancer diagnosis. Though the road that they face will be a long and difficult one, they have so much to be grateful for. They are lifted by their mother's tenacity, the bond that they share and their ability to lean on each other. They find strength in the support of their extended family and close friends while being comforted by the care and compassion of their mother's medical team.
It's because I believe in the power of faith that I know that God always puts a rainbow in the clouds. We only need to keep still, take a breath and pay attention in order to see it.