Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Sunday evening we left our three children with my parents for a few days. As Nathan and I drove back to Oshkosh we had four hours of uninterrupted one-on-one adult time. While the variety of topics we covered in our discussions were vast and deep there were times we just contentedly rode in peaceful quiet side by side. Many of the things we talked about involve the years ahead-watching our children as they grow into the people they'll become, educational choices for those children, what jobs and careers lie ahead, where we might live next, our idea of home, our extended families and those we love so dearly in this life. As much as we enjoy sharing our plans, dreams, and hopes for the future, we don't actually know what the next pages of life will bring us or where they'll take us. Sometimes those unknown factors bring a certain amount of fear. Right about that time a small storm cloud to the south burst and showered rain upon thirsty fields and woods. As we passed by the sun shone through creating first a rainbow and then a double rainbow in the sky. There in full color was a not so subtle reminder from our Father who keeps his promises, "For I know the plans for you declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." (Jer. 29:11) We still don't know what will be next but we do know the one who does. That's all we really need to know.