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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Joy (05/18/06)

TITLE: April Morning
By Ann FitzHenry
05/20/06


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Like millions of mothers everywhere, I am responsible for the morning routine. As a combination drill sergeant and train conductor, I attempt to get everyone up, dressed and out the door on time. Unfortunately, it is a thankless mission that isn’t always successful. On one particular morning, as I negotiated the usual chaos, time and patience were in short supply. Consulting my watch I anxiously called up the stairs, “Hurry up! Let’s go! Are you ready yet? Do you have everything? Don’t forget your jacket!”

In the ensuing rush out the door, my three-year-old son tugged at my sleeve and pleaded, “Rainbow, Mommy, rainbow!” With my thoughts racing about daycare and work, I almost didn’t acknowledge him. I glanced up at the sky with “that’s nice, honey” waiting on my lips when I stopped in reverent silence. A majestic double rainbow, illuminated in the mist with a vibrant spectrum of light, sparkled in the west. Blazing across the morning sky, the arc hugged the horizon. The ends, just out of reach, touched the ground with radiant splendor. God’s beauty stretched like a banner as images of leprechauns and pots of gold danced in my imagination. Time stopped as we marveled at the iridescent colors suspended in the atmosphere. Our earthly obligations vanished, as we stood transfixed staring at the heavens. For several awestruck minutes, we rejoiced in God’s reassurance that His Hand holds all of our tomorrows.

With our thoughts floating in the stratosphere, the clang of a distant garbage truck sent us careening back to Earth. In regretful silence we averted our gaze and succumbed to our worldly responsibilities. Piling into the car, we wordlessly said “good-bye” to the rainbow. Driving through our neighborhood, we encountered women in housecoats and men with morning newspapers staring at the sky. Several people clutched cameras capturing the rainbow’s brilliance. As we motored passed the elementary school, a crossing guard gestured in urgent inquiry. An excited thumb up was our enthusiastic reply.

Under the guise of an ordinary morning, God reminded us of His profound presence in the world. For one moment in time, we were a community of believers rejoicing in the early morning sunlight. While the city slept, a chosen few shared the exhilaration of seeing God’s miraculous gift. The hustle and bustle of life paused for an instant as we looked to the heavens. In a world where there is not enough time for kissing toy lizards and playing in sandboxes, God made us stop and consider what was really important. In the still dawn of an April morning, we shared His joy and discovered we had already found our pot of gold.


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Lynda Schultz 05/25/06
Beautiful! And a great reminder to look UP, or at least around, so that we don't miss God's joy givers.
Virginia Gorg05/26/06
A rainbow - beautiful. This is nicely done and an easy read, with a gentle reminder. Thanks.
Valora Otis05/27/06
This is a rainbow of motherly Joy. It took me back to when my boys would marvel at God's creations. I felt the innocence and joy of this moment. Thank you for capturing it for us. So glad you joined the challenge!
terri tiffany05/27/06
Very nice job! You described the scene so nicely. I especially loved the ride to school and the snapshot pictures of other people stopping and admiring God's work too. Good reminder to us all.
Amy Michelle Wiley 05/27/06
Lovely article! I love rainbows, and what a delightful reminder to slow down and appreciate life.
Edy T Johnson 05/27/06
This is so absolutely perfect, I wish I had written it! (boo hoo! --:) Except for "passed" (which should be "past," I think), there isn't a word out of place. What a glimpse of God's glory! Wouldn't you know, it takes a child (first in the Kingdom) to call us to attention at what really matters. You are destined for higher levels, and this entry goes in my "favorites," since it is too beautiful to lose track of. God bless you!
Rita Garcia05/28/06
Perfect, I felt like I was right there enjoying the rainbow with you. Terrific job!
Crista Darr05/28/06
I'm blessed by this piece. I live the demanding, hectic life of a mother. What a beautiful image, looking into the heavens at the handiwork of God, and finding rest. I'm reminded, rainbow or not, to keep my eyes on Jesus. Life is peaceful that way.
Jan Ackerson 05/28/06
Very lovely writing, I felt as if I were right there with you.
Dr. Sharon Schuetz05/29/06
What a beautiful potrait your words painted. It is wonderful. Flawless.
Patricia Charlton05/30/06
Wow! The wonder of God in his creation. You took to the moment that you experienced. It is smoothly written. I look forward to your next entry. Keep writing for Jesus.
Joanne Malley05/30/06
You are a "seasoned" beginner. Thanks for the beautiful journey of joy through the rainbow! Keep writing.
Phyllis Inniss 05/31/06
What beautiful writing skills you have. It was your little angel of three who pointed this lovely manifestation of God's glory and allowed you to pause and wonder. This is so marvellous the way God brings the more important things before us. This article should be placed where many more people could read it.
Anita Neuman05/31/06
I am so glad I took the time to read your entry this morning. It's exquisitely beautiful! Your writing flows like warm honey - smooth and soothing. And sweet! Great job!!!
J B06/05/06
Sometimes it is the smallest among us who remind us what is important. Beautifully written!
Jacquelyn Horne09/03/07
I liked this. Such a gentle reminder that God is there and waiting for our attention.