For the past several weeks now I've been obsessed with cleaning and organizing my house. It is funny to think that it took leaving my church and ministry to find the time to dedicate to cleaning up all of the messes took me years to create. You know the kind - the paper piles, the junk drawers, the junk closets...all safely hidden away so that daily life is not totally impacted by the hidden clutter and any company that comes calling isn't really wise to "what lies beneath". :) I'm slowly getting unburdened by the clutter 15 to 30 minutes at a time.
This post is not going to focus on my clutter though, but a blessing that came to me from the clutter. As I was cleaning through some office papers, I found among some old sermon notes the following sentence:
Light, when it is broken, makes a rainbow.
We all know how beautiful rainbows are, don't we? To me, I'm not sure if they are that beautiful in and of themselves or if it is what they symbolize that presents the true beauty. The colors are pretty, however, and occur because light from the sun passing through raindrops in the sky breaks up the light into the spectrum of colors that we see.
We can also apply this physical principle to our lives in a spiritual context. Think about this:
Sun = Jesus
Light = you and me
Rainbow = beauty caused by Jesus shining into lives that have been broken by Him
Just think. If we are the light of the world (Phi 2:15), we can be so beautiful if we allow ourselves to be broken by God and molded into the individuals He intended us to be - like the rainbow in the sky after a storm. I want to be the rainbow, don't you? We just need to let God's will be done with us, no matter what that is, no matter what situation we find ourselves in.
"Father, if it is Your will, take this cup away from Me; nevertheless not My will, but Yours, be done." Luke 22:42
Jesus knew what it was like to let God's will be done and it resulted in both the offensiveness and the beauty of the cross. The brokenness created a "rainbow". And I'm so thankful for it. Are you ready to be a rainbow too?