I was walking home today and the sun was just setting. The beauty was stunning and was not done justice by the picture I snapped. Sometime the ending of things is seen as sad or unwelcome, but God in His greatness gave us something amazing at each days end. Beautiful and inspiring is the close of day and is a moment that will never be recreated.
The other day, I was flying home and looking out the window, this is what I saw. Blue sky stretching for mile. It is one of the things that I love to see.
The sky is never the same and when flying, there is a whole new perspective. The new perspectives are helpful in life too. We each have a unique perspective and sometimes if we step back and seek a new perspective.
Proverbs 11:14 tells us, “For lack of guidance a nation falls, but victory is won through many advisers.” With the counsel and perspective of others, there is wisdom.
Today, we had a heavy rainstorm and before it even stopped raining, I looked out my window and saw this rainbow.
I love rainbows… When I was little, I loved drawing them too. There are a couple reasons that I love rainbows. Rainbows only come after the rain. We may not appreciate the rain, but it takes the rain for the rainbow.
An other reason that I love rainbows is that it is a reminder of God’s promise. Genesis 9:12-14 says “God said, “This is the sign of the covenant which I am making between Me and you and every living creature that is with you, for all successive generations; I set My bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a sign of a covenant between Me and the earth. “It shall come about, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the bow will be seen in the cloud.” God promised that He would never again send a flood to cover the earth.
One of my favorite things to see is when the sun is barely behind a cloud. I call them visible sunbeams. I also think of them as a window into heaven. I feel like it takes very special circumstances to see the sunbeams and that it is also a special time in heaven. It is also a time for me to remember. Each time I see the sunbeams, I think of my grandparents who have gone to be with the Lord. I think of special times and what they meant to me.
These thoughts might seem strange, but I believe that God sends us reminders each day of who He is. We just have to be looking for them. That is why my #4 gift is the visible sunbeams that He sends me… my Windows to Heaven.
For many people today is about fun, food, fireworks and time off of work. While I love these things, I was reminded today about how much more we celebrate.
Walking around the Capitol today, there were people of all types, but there was also a large quantity of military. The different branches had all come in for the 4th of July parade. Each of these men and women have promised to serve our country, to protect our country and are willing to give their all to keep this promise.
I think back to a few hundred years ago… the 4th of July was the start of a new time… a new nation. Today, we should remember that we have been blessed with liberty and that we must preserve it. I know, because I am part of it, that the young generation thinks freedom is a given. However, we must remember what Ronald Reagan said, “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.”
As we celebrate today, I am challenged to remember each one of the lives that has been given for us and the people who serve everyday. Our freedom is not free and today of all days, we should remember and be thankful.
I am thankful that I have a family that is loving and kind. Sure, we have our arguments, but at the same time, we know that we will always love one another. We have been through many things, sorrows and joys, fun and stress… None of it would have been the same without my family.