It rained hard the next hour - visibility was drastically reduced and I will admit that I thought about just turning around and going home! But, I'd already come more than halfway and an hour and a half in the hard rain which I would have to go back through. So, I continued on.
After about an hour, the rain stopped - almost instantly. Just stopped. And, you know what else? My heart was the calmest and most peaceful it had been all week. It was as if I had weathered both the storm physically and spiritually and God had brought me to a quiet place.
The rest of the drive went smoothly and I found my host home for the night. Morning dawned and I attended the training all day.
I found myself feeling very overwhelmed during the day - I had so many questions. Everyone seemed so far ahead of me in terms of knowing the program.
Yet - I heard some encouraging things that reminded me why I was interested in this program.
I found myself battling many doubts of being able to lead this group, being qualified to lead a group, etc... After the long day of training was complete - I walked out to my car and called David to let him know I was on my way home.
"By wisdom a house is built, and through understanding it is established; through knowledge its rooms are filled with rare and beautiful treasures."
The next thing I did was burst into tears and cry for the next few minutes - which helped! Right after that, I saw a rainbow! (It seems faint in the picture - click to enlarge, but it was not faint in my eyes that afternoon!) I can't tell you how beautifully that rainbow spoke to my spirit and heart. It was God's promise that He was still with me, having not forgotten about me or given up.
I proceeded to see three rainbows over the next hour - amazing and beautiful reminders of God's promise to Noah and to me. So special of God to send those rainbows at quarter of 6 on a Saturday evening!
I have thanked God for this "thorn" of worry, fear and struggle - because through all of it, the things it has accomplished most are driving me deeper and closer to Him. I wanted to climb up in His lap and have Him wrap His arms around me and tell me everything was going to be ok and He would take care of everything. In a way - this is exactly what happened. He met me each step of the way showing me through His Word, song, prayer and even His creation that I was following Him in faith.
God's ways are not always easy - but following His ways is always right. To God be the glory.
To wrap the story up - we ultimately decided not to begin our own group. We still love the program and are thrilled that a new group has opened up closer to us that we will be part of this year. I'll share more about this in the near future. What a blessing for God to provide a way for us to be involved.
Do you want to share about a time YOU saw His hand and experienced a walk of faith?