On any given day, I question my success as a parent countless times.
Take yesterday, when I offered the girls strawberry frosted Pop Tarts for breakfast, because Miranda had been asking for them all weekend. (I don’t usually buy them, and I don’t like them, because my Mom spoiled be with Toaster Strudel, which ironically enough, Miranda ‘got’ a LOT of while I was carrying her…) Anyway, because of Monday-morning-itis, they took them into the car to eat, and after a bite each, they declared they didn’t like them.
Great. In case I haven’t mentioned, we live in the boonies, so there was really no place to stop and get them something, nor was there time. Normally, I console myself with the fact that they get a healthy snack about an hour after arriving in school, but alas. I passed my half-eaten cup of Oatmeal Squares to the back seat, which KK rejected and Randa gobbled up. Breakfast, on many days, is a parenting fail on my part.
That is a wordy intro to say that there is one thing, one thing, that on several occasions in their short conscious lives has proven to me I’ve done something right. And that is, whenever there is rain mixed with sunshine, like there was yesterday evening, my babies always look for the rainbow.
Why is that a parenting success, you ask?
Well, because I always look, too, so they get it from me.
Because sometimes, no matter how hard or long we believe in God, doubt or fear or maybe just impatience distracts us, and then, it’s simply wonderful to SEE His Word come alive… not just in the rainbow itself, but in the beauty of the sky after the rain.
Psalm 107:29 He calmed the storm to a whisper and stilled the waves.
Proverbs 10:25: When the storm is over… good people, firm on their rock foundation, aren’t even fazed.
Genesis 9: 16 When the rainbow appears in the cloud, I’ll see it and remember the eternal covenant between God and everything living, every last living creature on Earth.
The fact that God always delivers is not lost on me – and I hope it never is on them.