The Rain of Radiance

As I drove around town running errands this morning, I was again blessed by the beautiful colors that accompanied the fall rain.  In the midst of ugly weather, comes beauty in the trees.  The kaleidoscope of glorious golds, radiant reds and overwhelming oranges that surrounded me were a sort of reward for braving the gloomy grey.  Without the rain and changing weather, the leaves would not know how to turn and tell their tale of the switching seasons. 
For me, this is a reminder that with the challenges and struggles that I face, opportunity will arise for beauty to be held, as I am willing to turn to my Beloved for strength.  He is faithful to sustain, and lovingly leads me in the way that I am to go, if I direct my gaze to God.  His provision of strength and courage come as I extend my heart and mind to Him.  The beautiful and wonderful seem to be the end result of even the gloomiest of seasons.  Without winter, there would be nothing spectacular about spring.  It seems that we must endure hardship to truly appreciate the blessings.   
“He has made everything beautiful in its time.  He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end.” – Ecclesiastes 3:11  As the rain makes the ground greener and the trees more colorful, God uses our trials and struggles to strengthen our hearts so that we might more clearly reflect the radiance of our Redeemer.  In doing this, He is bringing beauty out of the ashes of ache. 
I pray that my eyes may see and my heart might understand what He has done with each new day as it draws to a close.  I want to see all of the brilliance He has bestowed upon the broken, and the will provided to the weary.  God grant me Your eyes to see the remarkable through the rain. 

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present

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