Rainbow in the Road -- By Joseph J. Mazzella
"I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father
of glory, may give you spiritual wisdom and revelation in your growing
knowledge of him, -- since the eyes of your heart have been enlightened
-- so that you may know what is the hope of his calling, what is the
wealth of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and what is the
incomparable greatness of his power toward us who believe, as displayed
in the exercise of his immense strength."
(Eph. 1:17-19 NET)
It had been raining on and off for three days straight. I was
driving home trying to see through my windshield. My old
pair of wipers weren't doing a very good job of clearing the water off
the glass. I noticed that my fuel was getting low too and decided
to pull into the local gas station to refill my tank. I pulled in
behind an old car with a young mother filling it up. Her daughter
was looking out the window at the falling rain.
All at once the
little girl exclaimed, "Look at the rainbow, Mommy!" Both her
Mother and I craned our heads to the sky but there were only gray clouds
overhead. "Not there, Mommy. Here!" The little girl
pointed to the pavement. There in a small puddle of leaked oil was
the rainbow shining up at us. I smiled at the little girl's
innocence and at her wisdom as well.
here have been
many times in my own life when I wished I had eyes that saw as well as
that little girl's did. I wished I had eyes that saw from the
heart rather than the head. I wished I had eyes that saw the
thousand times something good happened rather than the one time
something bad did. I wished I had eyes that saw the million
miracles of life that surround us everyday. I wished I had eyes
that recognized the countless signs of God's love that are all around
us. I wished I had eyes that could see a rainbow in the road as
well as the sky.
I think that those clear-seeing eyes still exist deep in the souls of
all of us. We have just forgotten how to use them. With a
little patience and a little practice, though, I think we could all
learn to use them again. Open your eyes and your heart wide then.
See the beauty of this world that surrounds you. See the love of
God all around you. See the goodness within yourself and others.
Then go out and share your sight and your love with the world.
Joseph J. Mazzella