Many years ago I took a road trip with my husband as a passenger in his 18-wheeler. He was an owner operator at the time which in layman’s terms means he owned his own rig. The road trip for me started in Vegas then up to Northern California and then back to Florida. I still remember the trip to this day.
I didn’t realize how frightening it can be traveling up and down the mountains with cargo behind you which pushes and pulls as you go especially when going down a descending hill. On our journey I learned about runaway truck ramps. They are upward inclines parallel to the mountain roads which allow trucks to safely stop if need be. A scary thought indeed.
I saw an actual sandstorm in the distance. Quite startling especially when I learned if you get caught in one your vision is impaired until it passes. I saw tumbleweeds blowing around and huge cacti. Granted, the scenery at times was absolutely breathtaking.
But the most memorable part of the trip was this. It was the day where we had stopped to rest, and when we started back on our journey, there were visible storms all around us. Sometimes just to the left. Sometimes just to the right. Sometimes to the left and right. Sometimes behind us and sometimes in front of us. As we drove through some of the storms the rain was brief. Sometimes not so hard rain where we could still see clearly through the window but sometimes big enormous drops of rain where we could barely see until it stopped.
As we continued to ride through storm after storm, I saw glimpses of a rainbow at three different times. I never saw a full rainbow from arch to arch though.
I penned this:
Just because the eye could not see the full rainbow, arch to arch, it did not mean it wasn’t there. Just because we may not see God, in the midst of our storm, does not mean HE is not there. HE promises never to leave us nor forsake us.
The partial rainbows, to this day, stand as a reminder God is with you and me and HE is keeping us through the storms of life. HE is the I AM. God’s promise is TRUTH and our ever present guarantee that HE is there no matter what.
Hence, a trip to remember. The ride of my life.
Be Strengthened and Encouraged in HIM,
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. Isaiah 43:2 NIV
For HE HIMSELF has said, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you.”Hebrews 13:5b NKJV