A Reminder within the Sky – BeautyBeyondBones

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There are only a few issues that can make New Yorkers cease what they’re doing, take their eyes off their telephones and lookup.

However final evening, New York Metropolis witnessed an act of mom nature so spectacular, that even hardened New Yorkers took notice.

A powerful double rainbow — two full arches — finish to finish, glowed over Manhattan, after a weekend filled with thunderstorms.

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It was really dramatic — gleaming in opposition to the darkish rain clouds. I used to be on my approach to seize a drink with a girlfriend, and it stopped me in my tracks.

Clearly, I wasn’t the one one. As a result of for the remainder of that evening, and all day right now, social media has been flooded with pictures of the double rainbow arches.

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I don’t find out about you, however every time I see a rainbow, my thoughts immediately goes to Noah and the ark – with the rainbow being God’s promise to mankind that He won’t ever destroy the earth once more with a flood.

And reflecting on that right now, in our post-pandemic, 2021 existence…that image sort of hits completely different, if you realize what I imply.

Covid has been actually tough on lots of people, particularly with regard to our religion. We’ve needed to navigate some fairly darkish instances, remoted, unable to attend church in individual, and filled with worry. And that mixture has put our religion to the check in an enormous manner.

Couple that with the civil unrest within the streets, the monetary hardships that so many people endured from the pandemic, the dearth of human interplay, and simply the sheer quantity of dying on the planet — there have been undoubtedly moments once I was questioning the place is God in all of this?

That feeling of abandonment. Forgotten in a world that was sinking just like the Titanic within the evening.

Had been the prayers of the hundreds of thousands and hundreds of thousands of frightened, hurting individuals, pleading for an finish to the pandemic falling on deaf ears? Does God simply not care that individuals are dying alone in hospital beds, unable to see their family members one final time? Is there no mercy in His coronary heart, to cease this horrible virus?

And dwelling by it in New York Metropolis – the epicenter – the toughest hit, it was like dwelling by the apocalypse. I must stroll previous the freezer vans that have been appearing as makeshift morgues outdoors the hospital in my neighborhood.

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I watched the USS Consolation sail up the Hudson River, to help within the huge hospital disaster we confronted. Abandoned streets. Vacant storefronts. All we would have liked was Will Smith and we had ourselves a blockbuster.

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And tonight, to see these two unbelievable rainbows absolutely stretch from finish to finish over this walloped metropolis – it was a strong sight to behold.

That’s one factor I’ve discovered, first hand, about God: He retains His guarantees.

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There was a verse I clung to once I was at inpatient therapy for my restoration from anorexia. It was John 10:10 – “The thief comes solely to steal and kill and destroy; I’ve come that they might have life, and have it to the total.”

Although, on the time, I didn’t know what it will appear to be to have a life “to the total,” I knew that God would give me simply that.

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I had been letting the thief management me by the consuming dysfunction. “Steal, kill and destroy” — yeah, that was precisely what He was doing with me. I lastly surrendered all the things to God – the management, the therapeutic course of, the fears, what I ate, the moment-to-moment struggles — I surrendered all of it, realizing that He promised me a brand new life. A full life.

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And standing right here right now, this full life I’m dwelling — healed, wholesome, with a full head of hair once more, menstruating, thriving, again to the lady I was — my life resides testimony to God’s success of His guarantees.

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I’d prefer to assume that these rainbows final evening have been little nudges of encouragement from God that He hasn’t forgotten about us. That He hasn’t forsaken us. Many – myself included – see this vaccine as a solution to these hundreds of thousands and hundreds of thousands of prayers — a life raft, supplied by the Father to avoid wasting us from this virus.

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Many, myself included, can see a faint silver lining on this pandemic: that it introduced again into focus that which really issues on this life: household, family members, our religion, being collectively.

Many – myself included – can respect how this pandemic led to an actual thirst for God and His presence — a relationship that many – myself included – could have been taking as a right earlier than the pandemic.

No matter this pandemic has led to – the great, the unhealthy, the ugly – I’d prefer to assume God was reminding us of His goodness final evening.

A double rainbow over New York City, - the Covid epicenter - was not only a gorgeous sight to behold, but a beautiful reminder of something more. #faith #catholic #christianity #covid #rainbow #recovery #edrecovery #god #life #nyc

That, like He promised Noah that He wouldn’t destroy the earth by flood ever once more, that He’ll get us by this season, too. He’s in management, and might result in good from even the darkest conditions.

What have you ever taken away from this pandemic? What has it taught you, good/unhealthy/or ugly?

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