Last week I wrote a post about weeds in my garden. Today was a beautiful morning and I decided to work on getting rid of my weeds. When I started the pulling and spraying, I noticed that this was becoming an unending task (or so it seemed).
Imagine me bending, pulling and spraying when suddenly a car pulls up. The lady in the car starts talking to me. She has two kids in the back of the car. I’m tired, my back hurts and I’m hot. She starts speaking to me like we’ve known each other for years. Here's what transpired:
Lady: “I saw you with your butt sticking up in the air.”
Me: I turned around. Who is this woman? “Yes, I’m just doing some weeding.”
Lady: “You know if you get a handle on the weeds all you have to do is spray once a week to keep it up.”
Me: Why didn’t I think of that? “That’s my plan.” I smiled.
Lady: “I was driving around looking for some garage sales.”
Me: Trying to be polite, I say, “I don’t think there are any around here today.” So lady why are you speaking to me?
Lady: “Well good luck.”
Me: “Thank you.”
So I take a break and have some coffee with my husband. I relay this unusual tale. He asked if I was sure I didn’t know her. I assured him that I didn’t. He then asked, “Do you think she was angel?” You see I always said he was the nice one in the relationship and that statement proves it. He thought that maybe God sent an angel to remind of weeds in life. I thought the lady was a nut job. He was so sweet, but I still mocked him for his statement, hence solidifying that he is the nice one in the relationship.
I went outside and continued pruning a bush that was out of control and hiding other plants around it. Two large bags of garbage later I preceded to the backyard. My backyard has no grass but has weeds that have delusions of being grass because they cover the whole yard. I bought one of those weed killers that you attach to a water hose to spray. I started on one end and made my way to the other side of the yard. I realized that I was knee deep in weeds in some areas. I was feeling frustrated with myself for letting it get so bad.
I was spraying at the other end when I saw a rainbow in the water stream. It was only in one certain spot. I stood in one spot, turned around with the hose and the rainbow made a circle about me. The rainbow was only in that certain spot. I stood in the yard and cried. I realized how much God loved me. No matter how many weeds surrounded me when I went to the other side (of the yard) a rainbow awaited me. God usually uses rainbows as a sign for covenant and His promise. It was His promise to me that everything was going to be okay. I thanked Him for this little sign that bought me hope.
To all of your moms out day I wish you a Happy Mother’s Day. May God shine a rainbow around you to bring you hope and joy for the future.
© Nadine Z. 2007