This post by Jennifer Flaten
A rain storm blew through our area on Monday. According to the weather man there was a chance it would turn severe. I’ve had an up down relationship with storms. I used to love them. Then one summer a storm with straight line winds blew into our area knocking a branch off the 50 year oak tree and right onto our front walk missing the house by thismuch. The crash shook the whole house and that morning we had to exit our house through the back door.
After that any storm made me worry about falling limbs. Even after we moved to this house, which was surrounded by some very old, nearly decrepit trees. Even a brisk wind was cause to worry. Then the city decided to put in sidewalks, so they removed all the trees in the neighborhood. Okay, that made me sad….but the upside was nothing was going to fall on my house now.
So when the storm rolled through I didn’t worry, I enjoyed the storm.
The wind pushed the rain up, down, and sideways plus, the sky was an interesting shade of yellow. With the windows closed and the air conditioner on it is sometimes hard to tell if the weather has turned severe (or is going to in a minute or two) so I popped outside to have a look.
Standing under the sheltering overhang I watched the rain swirl around and listened to the fading thunder. Since the threat of storms seemed to have passed I was going to go back inside, but instead I decided to stand there for just a bit longer.
The rain didn’t taper off, as much as it just stopped and as I looked at the sky a rainbow appeared. It was amazing it just faded into view. One minute the sky was overcast and the next a rainbow glowed softly in the sky. It arched perfectly over our house.
It doesn’t matter that I know the science behind a rainbow, and it also doesn’t matter that they aren’t that rare. It still was magical to see one appear right before my eyes.
I saw it because I paused and took that extra moment. Why don’t you pause for that extra moment today and see if you spot something magical.
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