Joy in a Million Drops of Rain

Today marks the 6th anniversary of the day my word caved in; the great collide between good and evil.  In my life, good is winning.  I’m held within the continual embrace of Christ, who thrills my heart, renews my mind, and restores my spirit in a variety of extraordinary ways.  Yesterday afternoon, as I thought about my journey—the harshness life and death, mixed with the beautiful reality of God’s redemptive plan, I saw a picture.  One solitary page lay before me, a journal entry etched in tones of black on white, the substance of my days, the minutes of each hour.  Drops of rain, my tears, which left a watermark behind, framed the page.  As I considered the analogy of this illustration my heart began to pen a script, the story of my life, in simple stanzas, releasing sorrow, receiving joy.

Upon the margins of my heart etched in a thousand drops of rain,

Frames life and death, black and white, evidence of what remains.  

These droplet ribbons run, as dappled colors collide,

Fallen from green pools of sorrow deep inside.

Tears cascade, meandering upon my face, 

Ever flowing from a seemingly endless place.

 

And somehow as these tones converge,

I stare in wonderment; joyous glimmers emerge.

For there, flowing forth from salty pools,

Runs a rainbow of gloriously brilliant hues.

His promised declaration covers me,

Permanency gleams, alluding to what will be.

 

The words he speaks are ever true, 

No shifting, no changing of these 7 hues.

As I linger in the vibrancy of Rainbow’s embrace, 

Death’s shadow departs, vanishing without a trace. 

Gazing once again at the marks upon this page,

My eyes are drawn to beauty, by the One who eclipses pain.

The One who eclipses pain.  This phrase became the anthem to the rest of my day.  Jesus, in his mercy, passes between me and the pain.  He covers me, he heals me, he envelops me.  In the softness of his embrace, sorrow melts away.  I see it no longer.  In past years I’ve learned not to run from pain, but to run towards Christ, anticipating a tangible release of new life.  Always available, he takes the substance of my wound, and in return, gives the essence of true love.  It is The Great Exchange!  He took the weight of yesterday’s burden, painted a picture with it, and released amazing joy.  Redemption displayed in beauty for brokenness.

And so, on this 6th anniversary, the sky pours forth it’s million drops of rain, quite fitting, as He proclaims his poetic life inside my heart. I look, with expectation, toward the pools of color running across my story.  Dappled drops of varying shades—each moment proclaiming redemption, provision, grace, mercy and love, they flow over me washing away the black and white.  As I look in the mirror radiance greets me, beaming brightness, a divine display.  I am adorned with His rainbow, covered by His promise.  My heart knows joy, not trumpeted on center stage at high volume, no, this joy is different.  It is clothed with mercy, in a million drops of rain.

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9 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Cheryl
    Oct 02, 2012 @ 11:20:08

    Marie, Know that today you are being bathed in prayer as the earth is being bathed in rain.

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  2. Jennie :)
    Oct 02, 2012 @ 12:14:36

    Jesus has done so much in your life, Marie. He is continuing to show people His goodness even through the pain that you’ve experienced. His love is more than evident in your life and it flows to the world around you. I’m so sorry that you ever went through anything like that, but am so glad that you came out victorious and that you are one of my dearest friends. I love you dear friend (and your amazing family :).

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  3. Isabel Marie Johnson
    Oct 02, 2012 @ 12:53:01

    Marie….. You Lift my Heart !
    Christ in You the Hope that Inspires Us.

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  4. Beth Mellinger
    Oct 02, 2012 @ 13:01:35

    Thanks for sharing… Beautiful and fitting for today and always.

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  5. Valerie Jordan
    Oct 02, 2012 @ 16:44:19

    So beautiful.. His grace and love and mercy are indeed healing. So glad He works good through your story… And that the story was not rehashed in the media today as far as I know. You inspire me.

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  6. Karen Wiegold
    Oct 03, 2012 @ 15:48:06

    Iam great full for faithful encouraging friends who lead me to your sweet words today. I am at the beginning of my grief and your words are like sweet nectar to a humming bird! I just heard a song today ‘praise the hurt away’ and it soothes my soul. Jesus is our ALL in ALL!

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  7. Sandy Sandy
    Sep 30, 2013 @ 12:11:06

    You are so articulate and creatively express feelings that must at times be so incomprehensible to those of us who have not had ‘that’ type of pain. You are elegant, eloquent, talented, inspirational and admiral. As the ‘date’ approaches this year … and beyond then — you are in my prayers. God Bless You!!

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