Love sees storm, rainbow, heart, and beyond (thank you’s #895-901)

by Craig on May 7, 2012

Sunday afternoon…
bright sunshine…
an earsplitting clap of thunder…

Laska the Love Kitty startles, ears back, tail down, feet wide apart.

He tiptoes to the window.
I go outside to get a better look.

It’s clear skies in every direction…


a violently churning storm cloud directly above…
lightning bolts flash from one side to the other…
illuminated both by their light and sunlight.
less than a second later, another crash of thunder.

Laska disappears from the window. ツ

Then a 15 minute downpour of sweet, cool rain…
the same duration as the devastating hailstorm of last week.

Then the cloudburst. just. evaporated.

Moments later I saw the rainbow begin to form…

At first it stood alone.

Then that tiny cloud at the very right of the picture, just above the trees…

it began small and undefined…barely noticeable…

then drifted downward…

and gradually blew up…

into this…

A storm above me…
then a rainbow…
then a heart.

It was only later, looking at the bunch of pictures I took, that I noticed, in one of them…

a speck on the fringe of the cloud.

See…on the right side…about midway up…

I tried to wipe it off, but couldn’t. So I enlarged the picture.

It’s an eagle, chasing the storm’s updraft.
Oh so much more about that next time.

And it’s Monday…and Monday’s are for gratitude…counting thank you’s…

and linking with Ann…


Thank you God

#895 for my rainbow, my cloud, my eagle.

#896 that You care enough to communicate to us in ways that we’ll understand.

Like a mama stands over her baby, before the baby learns language…
and seeks to make sense out of the babel…and does…
not because of any great gift…except that of love.

God does the same, but not striving to understand what we have to say – but helping us understand what He’s saying.

#897 that You don’t need to do this…except…You choose to be more than just God, but Father…so You do.

#898that You don’t give up. You never give up. Always chasing after a lamb who is always off chasing after butterflies.

#899that You eternally call our name…
until we and are found again…by You.

I’ve been trying to see with better eyes this week following the storm…
but I’ve been like an inconstant and barely twinkling star.

#900that my (our) relationship with You doesn’t depend solely upon our inconstant effort, but Your eternal love.

At a time I should be reaching out, I find myself isolating. That’s the defense mechanism I learned in childhood, and remains my fallback when I feel threatened, or hurt.

#901that You know, that when I’m hiding, what I want most is for love to find me.

This week no more hiding, even though I still want to.

I’ve even hid from you all since the storm, no reading, even no replying to your gracious comments.

This. Stops. Now.

Please forgive me.

{ 20 comments… read them below or add one }

Stacy May 7, 2012 at 9:51 am

Sitting here humbled by that showing of God’s glory. Amazing. Beautiful.


Craig May 7, 2012 at 1:37 pm

Stacy, during the summertime heart-shaped clouds are not that uncommon – I look for them all the time. But, and I’ll be writing about this more, the rainbow – cloud – and the eagle – I stand humbled too. And I really can’t ignore it in this year that I’ve named “see” – can I?


Nancy May 7, 2012 at 10:06 am

Craig – thank you for this. So glad I read you today.


Craig May 7, 2012 at 1:38 pm

(◔‿◔) – thank YOU too Nancy, thank you.


Cora May 7, 2012 at 10:29 am

This was for ME today, Craig! Sorry to be so selfish in my thinking, but I just have a thing for eagles. And this was so perfect, for where I am today, trying to get up enough courage to use the wings I’ve been given. I think this pushed me off the edge of the nest. Thank you!


Craig May 7, 2012 at 1:43 pm

I know that I’m a bit of a hypocrite when I say this – UNTIL I plunk myself down and get united with real life church community – first on my agenda as soon as I figure out the car situation from the storm. But I I think that’s the thing about community – stuff experienced by one of us gets shared with others of us – and everybody get the blessing. Someone told me, in a loving community, blessings are doubled and burdens are halved. Use your wings Cora! Oh, and speaking of a bird out of the nest – A Laska post is coming soon about that (◔‿◔)

God bless!


Carrie May 7, 2012 at 1:11 pm

Once again, you strike a chord in my heart. I too isolate when I’m feeling threatened or when I feel scared. Yet the Lord is urging me to seek community – in the flesh! And can I tell you how petrified I am?! I adored your list and of course the amazing signs in the sky! Thanks so much for sharing your heart this week. Blessings!


Craig May 7, 2012 at 1:46 pm

Twin hearts (◔‿◔)


the list I take a little credit for – the signs in the sky I can take NO credit for – but now to see with better eyes and ponder and act upon the other things I’ve been sensing from Him since the storm. Anyway, thank you Carrie, and God bless and keep you!


A. May 7, 2012 at 2:30 pm

Craig, that is beyond amazing…the rainbow, the cloud, the eagle!!!!!! You will be all over those!

Glad you are aiming toward community, but know that times of solitude have their place, also. I know you know all that. :) I am glad I finally have community-after some years of not having any. I know both the ache of the dryness, and the delight and wealth of finally having community.

and, a Laska post is always a good thing, always.


A. May 7, 2012 at 2:33 pm

Somehow, that rainbow/cloud/eagle should be a poster….or a picture, or something.


Craig May 7, 2012 at 3:08 pm

A… (or should that be 4 dots – the period plus the elipses?)


and I’m thinking – if I take it in order it’ll be

knowing the promise
doing the love
rising with wings…

wheels are turning (◔‿◔)

and who knows…poster…those wheels are being forced to turn right now – you know what I mean?


A. May 7, 2012 at 9:16 pm

I heart that…knowing the promise, doing the love, rising on wings! Looking forward to reading where that leads for you.

It is a difficult thing that having a blog leaves you little time for ‘time outs’ since they can be very helpful at times, when we just need to pull away and reflect or regroup or whatever.


Lynn May 7, 2012 at 3:16 pm

Stopping by from Ann’s site. Wow, such amazing pictures! I was looking at clouds the other day as I was driving home – a long 8 hours. It is amazing the things you can see when you really look and how quickly they can change. I saw several clouds that reminded me of God looking down on this earth. I wish I had my camera and wasn’t so busy driving and watching for holes! So glad you were able to capture yours and then really see them. Thanks for sharing your list!


Craig May 8, 2012 at 12:39 pm

Lynn, after looking for clouds in the sky for about a year – I’ve noticed that there are a good amount of hearts. Now, to see one right next to a rainbow – with an eagle in it – I’ll count that as special ツ and I think you made a wise decision btw – Ive found it’s best not to take pictures while driving ツ thank you very much for coming by, I’ll be reading you soon, and God bless and keep you Lynn.


gina reid May 7, 2012 at 8:43 pm

That is quite an amazing image. So many wonders in one shot. You really get some great photos. The message isn’t bad either :) LMB


Craig May 8, 2012 at 12:41 pm

this is my sister, for those of you who don’t know, and I’ll let you in on a secret that very few people know. LMB is secret code for love my brothor – and brothor is secret code for brother. (the good kind of family secrets). lms


chrissy May 8, 2012 at 8:32 am

Blessing me again today. I have to meet god in the sunset by the shore most days and sketch or snap what he gives. Without realising it I had named this year ‘see’ and am teaching my students to keep visual diaries and really see the moments in life. I love what you wrote about hiding and yearning for love to find you. I think that is the heart cry of man. Our god shaped hole. Praying your head is next to his chest listening to his heart. Chrissy


Craig May 8, 2012 at 12:47 pm

what a gift – to be able to sketch his gifts – not one of my gifts though – but I’m really good with stick people ツ and I think it’s really nice that we named our year the same thing – AND…such a good idea to teach your students about visual diaries – just remember that with boys you’re supposed to call them journals ツ thank you for your prayer Chrissy, and thank you for reading, and thank you for leaving a comment, and God bless and keep you!


Kayla May 8, 2012 at 10:31 am

What an amazing storm/photo/God experience! Thanks for blessing me!


Craig May 8, 2012 at 12:50 pm

I’ve never really had a huge thunderstorm form just above me – actually it was not just me – but kind of my general area – and yet have clear skies all around. And it wasn’t just a little cloud with a few drops – it was an all out thunderstorm – thankfully minus the gigantic hail from the last time. The timing could all be coincidence – but it just seems too “God” kind of perfect – you know? Anyway, thank you very much, you were a blessing to me – and God bless and keep you Kayla.


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