Thursday, September 10, 2009

I asked, He answered

Our family was in the Medicine Bow National Park, specifically the Snowy Range camping area near Laramie Wyoming. We were gathered to spread my mother's ashes. It was difficult, but a necessary step in our grieving process. Once we found the spot, we had a short ceremony and huddled in tears.

I wanted so much for a special message from God for my family. I asked God to send an Eagle, a butterfly or something to show my loved ones that there is a hope. Instead, it started to rain so we walked back to camp...tears mingling with raindrops.

It was chilly at 10,000 ft because the wind was coming off the mountain peaks that still had snow. The rain started to come down harder and thunder rumbled like boulders rolling down the mountainside. Six of us crammed into the small RV and we found warmth. It was good to be together.

My brother and I sat in the front seats and watched the rain wash over the windshield. Just then I noticed a light outside.

"Rainbow! There's a rainbow coming out!"

We jumped outside and watched as the biggest, brightest rainbow I had ever seen started to glow in the sky. This was not a small one either, as I watched it stretched I started to weep. It was reaching towards the area where we left my mother's ashes. Dad and I were crying. We grabbed our cameras and started clicking. My battery was dead so my brother and uncle started taking pictures as well. And then if that big bold rainbow wasn't enough, a second rainbow started to form...almost like an echo of colors, like a watercolor. It was a glorious sight.

What I want you to know is, God does not always answer prayers the way we want Him to. But know this too, He is our heavenly Dad and He knows just what we need. You see, I asked for an eagle...but God knew I needed a rainbow, or two. His loving kindness is never ending.

So the next time you pray, go ahead and ask with your heart. But be prepared dear one, God will give you exactly what you need. And I pray that answer will blow your socks off like our rainbow did.

Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to Him {be} the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen.
Ephesians 3:20-21


Jean said...

Kelly, what a beautiful and touching story of God's faithfulness. It also ministered to me because in October my youngest brother and i will be spreading some of my mother's ashes in a very special place that hold's lot's of're story reminded me of what I need to do. "Ask and you will receive and your joy will be made complete". Jean

Anonymous said...

Kelly...this is so awesome!! I know how hard this must have been for you and your family. I am so glad that God gave ya'll a rainbow or two!! Wren