a perfect reminder

i was reminded last night of God's faithfulness. i was doing a little blogging on my porch when i looked up from my laptop and noticed the most beautiful rainbow appearing in the sky in front of me. it was just peeking out over the apartment building across from me and only stood about a hands-length high. i noticed a girl in the parking lot looking to the east and peered over my balcony to see the rest of the rainbow was being blocked by my building (what you see in the photo). of course, i knew i had to try to get a photo of it to share with you guys. it was so colorful and bright, i just couldn't resist.

it's funny because i was totally satisfied with just the little bit of rainbow that i saw at first but once i saw the rest of it, i was amazed at how beautiful it was. it got me to thinking about God's faithfulness and His plan for my life. i'm about to embark on my last year of school in just over a week and i don't have a single clue where i will be or what i will be doing come May. not even the slightest. i know what i like to do and i know what i could be good at...but i don't know how those things will be used and in what type of job. and i'm pretty okay with that. 

you're probably wondering how this ties into the rainbow...let's see if i can make this work...

i think that God has shown me what i'm good at, what i enjoy, what i don't like, what i'm not the best at, what i'm passionate about, what i care about, etc. (think: small part of rainbow that was incomplete) and that He will use those things and guide me to where i'm supposed to be (think: the rest of the rainbow). 

so, here's to trusting in God's plan and knowing that His is always better than mine. 

oh, and to rainbows...because they're pretty.

31 comments

  1. Love your insight and wisdom! :) God's plan is truly better than our own... and it's always worth waiting for His plan. Blessing to you!

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  2. Lauren, I know exactly what you're going through. This reminds me of a blog post I wrote a little over a year ago (www.tmcd.blog.com). It was actually the last post that I have written, and I just came across it the other day. I had just finished graduate school, had no job, no money, and I was about to have to move back in with my parents. There were a few things in my life that really reminded me that God was going to take care of it all. And if I had to move in with my parents??? Well, that would be ok too :) (The blog also talks about me really wanting to meet a boy too...) About a week later, I met my (now) husband, and about a month later (two weeks into the school year, mind you), I was offered my first teaching job!! How cool is that!! God will definitely take care of you if you continue to honor and follow him. Check out that blog post if you want a little more detailed encouragement :) Yay for the "rainbows" in our life!! :)

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  3. Love the way the Lord speaks to us in different ways. Good thing you were able to see it!

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  4. This was beautifully said. I very much agree--although it's not always easy to trust God's plan, it is the best way. Thanks for the encouragement :)

    Kate
    Something Ivory

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  5. what a beautiful rainbow!! always makes me feel like lost loved ones are close by xo

    http://allthingsprettyandlittle.blogspot.com/

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  6. What a beautiful post, Lauren! Rainbows are so very special to me and my family. We feel so blessed when God shares them with us. My daughter and I actually sang a song about them a few weeks ago in church. It's call "What Kind Of Music Does A Rainbow Make?" Great little song!

    Have a blessed day!

    http://hopefaithandblessings.blogspot.com/

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  7. Well said Lauren. It is an wonderful thing to fully put your life in His hands. I think sometimes we let our temporal thinking get in the way of all the Lord has for us by trying to over analyze things rather than trusting the Lord and letting him guide us.

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  8. It's so ironic that you should post this today. I rarely see rainbows, but just this past weekend (as I was celebrating my birthday with friends) we looked up to spot a rainbow over South Beach. It's such a comforting feeling to know that God is present, He is everlasting, and He is a promise-keeper. I love simple reminders - like a rainbow.

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  9. I absolutely agree! I decided to quit my job recently due to a variety of issues and I'm terrified of what will come next but I know God has awesome plans for my life that I need to watch and listen for. It's so wonderful that you have so much faith in what will come next and will spend the year enjoying school instead of stressing out about the future :)

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  10. What a sweet reminder. Thanks for sharing!

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  11. What a lovely post...i like that incomplete rainbow idea!

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  12. Love how you went from seeing only a piece to seeing so much more all because you saw someone else looking. I always strive to be the one looking, so that others will be inspired to see more of God and His plan. But, sometimes, I desperately need someone else to help me see. Today, you were that person!

    Thanks, Lauren!

    BTW, what would you like to be doing come May? What are you good at?

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  13. I saw a lot of pics on Instagram last night of Rainbows. It seems our God was reminding a lot of people of His promises. And I think you did a lovely job of tying in the rainbow with your thoughts :)

    God is good. Have a lovely day!

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  14. Awesome reminder! I definitely needed to hear that this morning. Thank you!

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  15. I think this is a great perspective! I got a college degree in something that my current job does not even use. The thing is though I know God gave me this job, and I love it! Sometimes he just has us fall into something. Life would not be an adventure if we knew his plans!
    1love2always.blogspot.com

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  16. I loved the side comments in this post! Simply beautiful, Lauren! I'm excited to see where you'll be next May too. Actually, I just realized that I've been reading your blog for a year. A YEAR! Congratulations on all that you've accomplished since last August!

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  17. love this, lauren. it's so funny how sometimes the simplest things can be the most beautiful things and how they can awaken something within us, or spark something within us. i've often been feeling much of what you're feeling lately and i'm 5 years out of school. but every time i feel like i'm losing sense of what my purpose is, God guides me around the corner and shows me a "rainbow" (see what i did there?) of sorts and i'm able to keep working towards a goal. all that to say... you got this, girl!!

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  18. That is a gorgeous picture - and a beautiful reminder!

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  19. Great insight Lauren! It's wonderful and a good feeling knowing He has a plan for us especially when a plan we have doesn't work out too well. I'm Actually going through something like that right now. Praying for you and I know everything will work out :) -Kristen www.fewofmyfavoritethingsblog.blogspot.com

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  20. Wow I was just talking about this with my friend. We need to focus on short term goals that leads to longer goals and life plans from God. You put it in great words!
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  21. This is such a great post. I struggle with this, too -- wondering what exactly I will be doing once I am finished with college. God's plan is always the best, and although we can forget to trust in Him and the fact that He will take care of us, the thought of that truth, once we do stumble upon it, is the most comforting one in the world. :-)

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  22. Beautiful thoughts. You're very blessed to be able to describe this the way you do. I think you've touched more people than you think for God. :) thanks Lauren.

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  23. Wow, Lauren, what a great post. I feel the same way, I'm starting my last year of school in two weeks. Although I don't know what my life after school will look like, I'm so excited to see what God has for me. Thank you for the reminder that He is always faithful and has a plan just for me :)

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  24. totally off topic, but you and your sis should start going to target and taking pictures is items and what you think they would go well, to give the fashion challenged like me some help :) I know you do intends out of your wardrobe, but it would be neat if you went to the stores and picked out pieces :( that's all :)

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  25. What a perfect outlook on the situation. Your right, he has a plan! Sometimes we just have to be patient & let him lead us where we need to be.

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  26. Me encanto tu post y tu fe en Dios, con tanto materialismo de por medio,y coincido contigo que el plan de el, se cumplira aunque a veces nos contrariemos porque no es lo que queramos o no entedamos el porque de algunas cosas que nos pasan.
    Un abrazo grande
    Anamaria Gonzalez

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  27. your photo looks like a greeting card - absolutely stunning! xx

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  28. If this were Facebook I'd mark this post with a LIKE. :)

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