What’s At the End of Your Rainbow?
Rainbow Over Roanoke, Virginia
“Have a sincere desire to serve God and mankind, and stop doubting, stop thinking negatively. Simply start living by faith, pray earnestly and humbly, and get into the habit of looking expectantly for the best.
~Norman Vincent Peale
It’s hard to believe that just a few days ago we were celebrating St. Patrick’s Day and the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow; And now, springtime and sunshine are right around the corner. It seems like cold, gray January wasn’t that long ago.
It was on one of those overcast January days that I was driving to the nearby city of Roanoke for an appointment. I was feeling anxious—almost panicked about my upcoming endeavor of opening a wine experience company comprised of a gourmet wine shop, wine school, and wine destination travel. Creating this wine business called, Everyday Sommelier has been a goal of mine for the last two years. I thought it would be challenging and enjoyable work, but mostly, I wanted to provide a fun and relaxing setting to empower others to gain knowledge and confidence with wine as well as become more informed consumers. Even though I’d received much positive feedback, I was still feeling doubt.
I will pause my story here for a moment. Like others, throughout my life…I have perceived God’s gentle presence guiding me. And, I have always been open to seeing and reading “signs” or happenings as something more than just pure coincidences.
On this particularly gray morning—both internally and externally, the most uplifting and beautiful rainbow appeared—almost out of nowhere as I drove through the city. Then, a little while later, I found myself at a stoplight behind a car with a license plate that read: Mat 5:16. Since I don’t have the Bible memorized, I quickly pulled out my iPhone and googled Matthew 5:16 King James Version:
Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
A couple of hours later after my appointment, I was on my way home. Once again, I stopped at a traffic light and waited. As I sat there, I glanced to the left. And, in the lane beside me, a car or two ahead, was another faithful Roanoke motorist with the following license plate:
(God got it—at least that’s how I interpreted it.)
Okay, I thought, either there’s some kind of religious license plate festival going on today, or….God’s trying REALLY hard to tell me something:
STOP WORRYING. BE POSITIVE.
Here’s the thing: EVERY. SINGLE. ONE. of us has a light to shine—a way to serve God and mankind. It can be anything. It can even be something small. After all, opening a wine shop and school isn’t exactly putting a rocket into outer space or winning the Nobel Peace Prize. However, what matters, is that our endeavors enrich others, ourselves, and have a positive impact. So, forget the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. There’s something much better. FAITH—faith in God, faith in ourselves, and faith in each other.
“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”
Wishing you a wonderful day full of good things!