Thursday, May 23, 2013

Looking for a rainbow

  I went outside today looking for a rainbow - today I needed a rainbow.

Yesterday a 6 month old boy died of meningitis. This 6 month old was the son of a co-worker of mine. My co-worker lost her mother 3 months ago when her uncles used a machete to stab her to death over a land dispute. Her father was brutally attacked as well and lost both hands.  Last week my co-workers husband left her. Today was the funeral. My co-worker held the little coffin and begged for her son to "wake up"!   

This morning began with an email that held some pretty depressing news. I needed a rainbow. Work consisted of trying to provide some/any therapy to a group of little ones with diarrhea, runny noses and fever. Little ones that need to be held and rocked by their parents who for the most part don't have the resources to take care of them. I needed a rainbow. Mid morning I received a phone call that one of my kids was sick and needed to be picked up from school . Rainbow anywhere? 

 10 minutes later we received an email that I had to sit down in order to read.  I needed a rainbow!  Dear friends of ours, serving in Zambia as missionaries, had sent out a message that their 10 year old daughter, Cristianna, had collapsed and died.  I really needed a rainbow.

This afternoon we had a light drizzle while the sun was out - a perfect opportunity for a rainbow. I was in the middle of the menial tasks of daily living, while trying to organize and process my thoughts-  I ran outside to look for that rainbow.  I wanted that rainbow to be there- I searched for that rainbow, I longed for that rainbow to appear.  There was no rainbow.

We can talk about looking on the "bright side of things" or giving thanks that Cristianna and my co-workers son are now with the Lord. But sometimes life just hurts and it's painful. Sometimes we need to feel that pain and work through it before we can move on to see the "bright side of things".  Somedays there are no rainbows.

1 comment:

  1. praying for you and family, somedays we hold on to the promises and never see a rainbow.


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