Finding Grace – Again

I saw a magnificent rainbow tonight. Rainbow sightings are rare for me because I live in forested mountains and I can’t see the open sky unless I am in town or on the highway. And this rainbow was extra-ordinary, magical and supernatural in its full arc, vivid colors in the eastern sky right at sunset:  a special gift straight from God.

Hours ago at 4 a.m. I couldn’t sleep. I woke up with a list circling around in my mind. There was a lot I wanted to do today.

First off, I wasn’t ready for GG School.

[ FYI: GG School is our COVID invention. I teach/play preschool two times a week with our 3 ½ y.o. Pookie. The Gs stand for Gramma and Grampa. :o) ]

Before picking up Little Pookie, I needed to run to a store for supplies, I wanted to exercise before that, and I hoped to prepare the meals for the day, so as to be free to finish painting the front door and some trim at our daughter’s new house construction in the late afternoon.

Lots of plans for one day. Maybe I should get up and get started, I thought, at 4 a.m.

But then words came to me, the Bible verse I am meditating on this week:  We know that all that happens to us is working for our good if we love God and are fitting into his plans.  Romans 8:28 (LB)

His plans. 

All I have to do today is fit into His plans.

I fell back to sleep, and woke up at 8:00, looking forward to the day.

God’s peace gives energy.

I got on my stationary bike for a short ride. Later I opened the fridge and found the needful stuff for easy meals. I went to the dollar store for the supplies I needed and collected Pookie on time. We had a sweet morning, lunch, and rest time before I took her home and went to paint the front door.

But I never got to the door. 

As we walked around the house, my daughter and I began to feel overwhelmed with all the work needing to be done. We were fighting rising fear, trying to figure out how and where to begin?!? when I remembered . . .

Wait!  Just this morning something wonderful happened.  And we had not taken time to celebrate.

The building inspector had come and given his final seal of approval. “May you have many happy years in your new home,” he said.

That is huge.  This little house is being built by my daughter and son-in-law, who are learning as they go.  Jake and I have done what we could, along with the framers, roofers, plumbers, dry wall hangers and an electrician . . . nine long months of decisions, discussions, construction . . .  with few serious conflicts and no serious accidents and it all passed inspection!

And we hadn’t stopped to thank God.

How wonderful it was, sitting on the hardwood to-be-carpeted floor, with my daughter, repenting of our prayerlessness and praising God for His grace.

He is working all of everything together for good.

When we finished, I decided I would paint tomorrow.

Driving home I saw that stunning rainbow and I felt God’s stunning love.

The story at GG school this morning ‘happened’ to be Noah’s Ark and The First (most-stunning!) Rainbow. 

“Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.”  Genesis 6:8

And so have I.


7 thoughts on “Finding Grace – Again

  1. Beautiful! Thank you for writing this and documenting some of this journey. And thank you for your tireless help and constant encouragement. And for prompting us to pray yesterday

    -Caris Yohannes



  2. WOW!
    I’ve missed your blogs!
    Thank you for your honesty.. love sharing your life… and love learning of your sweet trust in Jesus. May we all realize HIS plan.. all our lives!!!!


  3. I praise God for His awesome grace and mercy to us(His children).
    Sarah, thank you for sharing your walk. It instructions and encourages’ me.


  4. Precious words for my heart today Sarah! Taking time to stop and celebrate…taking time to stop and thank God! Thank you so much. “And Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord!” Fresh grace for each day! Thank you Sarah for sharing so beautifully! This helps me move forward counting on His grace and being thankful for it today!!!


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