Looking down will get you down; Looking up will build you up

— Midweek Meditations:
thoughts, inspiration and encouragement
from ACF community members —

Quite often in the Caribbean, a shower of rain, whether morning, noon or afternoon; is followed by a breath-taking glimpse of a beautiful rainbow, with two or three radiant colors to the naked eye. (see picture above, taken from my balcony in March 2021)

The rainbow of course has seven colors and is seen by most as a sign of promise and hope.

It is not unusual for this wonder to go unnoticed by those who are too engaged to look up.

At times, when enduring heartaches gets the better of us, our vision becomes blurred and possibilities seem far away.

Many in our world right now, can attest to the trials and tribulations in life, cause by ill health, loss of loved ones, depression, unemployment, rejection, conflicts, separation, etc. etc.

If you are feeling down, look up.

God often has a purpose for the troubles He allows into our lives.

He may use it to develop patience in us, to increase our faith, or simply and mysteriously to bring us closer to him.

How comforting is the thought that God, in his infinitely more creative way, is able to bring good out of our most difficult circumstances. Do you believe that?

Here are a couple beautiful illustrations from the bible.

The Israelites in their struggles towards the promise land…

“…spoke against God and against Moses, and said, “Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? There is no bread! There is no water! And we detest this miserable food!” Then the Lord sent venomous snakes among them; they bit the people and many Israelites died. The people came to Moses and said, “We sinned when we spoke against the Lord and against you. Pray that the Lord will take the snakes away from us.” So Moses prayed for the people. The Lord said to Moses, “Make a snake and put it up on a pole; anyone who is bitten can look at it and live.”

Numbers 21:5-8

They looked up and lived.

The mystery of God is so often hidden, that the outcome can elude us.

In the gravest of circumstances we must look up, away from our selves, to find an answer.

Only by looking up at the cross on Calvary could these words have been heard,

Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.”

Luke 23:43

Like a flower pushing its way through the pavement, good emerges from the hard ground of unbearable heartache, unexpectedly, gloriously and mysteriously.

The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. ”

Matthew 28:5

In other words, don’t be looking down for that which can only to be found above. Many a time we look for the answers in the wrong places.

After a shower of rain, quite often comes a period of cloudiness and darkness, followed by the spectacular sight, the seven colors of the magnificent rainbow, appearing in the ominous looking sky, in the clouds, far over the horizon.

We should always remember that storms in life do not last forever. (though it seems so at times)

The rainbow represents hope, to remind us that despite hardships, we should not give up because everything will eventually clear up.

God’s tender mercy reaches beyond our ability to comprehend and or understand and touches us in some of the most surprising ways and divinely timed.

Keep on looking up: at the end of the rainbow there is a pot of gold. Blessings.

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