Great Title, right?
Anytime I think of this song I am reminded of the movie “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days,” this particular post has nothing to do with the movie but it was a nice stroll through memory lane if you have seen the movie.
North Carolina was the second trip of my summer. It was only a few days after my trip to Kansas City so I quickly rested, did laundry and repacked my bags.
My brother and his family are thinking of moving to North Carolina. Since I love to go new places and a road trip always sounds fun I joined them for the incredibly long drive. Almost 1,100 miles to be exact, but with the detours we took on the trip I am certain we surpassed this milestone by a few miles. 🙂
The trip started off rocky, with a much later start than we were planning, my brother and I having a disagreement, my sister in law suitcases not making it into the vehicle, multiple traffic accidents causing delays, and storms causing our speediness to diminish. These circumstances, could have stopped our journey but we decided to press on and keep going.
We arrived in North Carolina much later than we were planning; not only mere minutes or half an hour later but actually hours after we expected to arrive.
As we were driving into the city limits of Raleigh the most incredible occurrence happened. A larger than I have ever seen rainbow appeared before us upon our entrance.
A Rainbow, God’s Promise
The magnificence of the sighting of the rainbow after many storms didn’t bring the reality of what this rainbow meant to our group of travelers. My sister in law in seeking the Lord’s confirmation on their families up coming move, had a dream. The dream had a rainbow in it, the rainbow was confirmed in another way to her after the dream. SO, to see the rainbow as she entered the city they were thinking of moving to meant more to her then only seeing the beauty of a rainbow after a storm.
The moment I saw the rainbow, I felt the Lord, tears came to my eyes and the joy of knowing the Lord was with us brought me comfort. I was overwhelmed with the awe of the beauty of this rainbow and the fact that if we had done anything differently we would have not seen the rainbow. All the setbacks, all the extra stops had contributed to us seeing this confirmation and promise from the Lord.
The story of the rainbow in itself brings perspective about the Lord’s perfect timing. But this is not my purpose for this post or for the title.
What are you talking about?
How does my title connect with my story? Are you wondering this? What does being vain have to do with a rainbow and a trip to North Carolina. Well, let me tell you.
One of the reasons I went on this trip was to see if North Carolina was somewhere I would possibly consider moving to. I love moving somewhere new, meeting new people, exploring a new city, these are all things I love.
It is all about the rainbow. Even though I felt the Lord, and was so excited about it being high in the sky. I knew it had nothing to do with me. I knew this was exactly where they were supposed to be. And it had nothing to do with me.
Once I had this thought, I began to think about seasons in our life. Many times in my life I ask the Lord. Why? Why am I here? What is the purpose? Why do I have to stay? WHY? The questions never end. In this moment, a thought entered my mind what if the season I am in isn’t completely only about me.
Did you read that? What if the season we are in isn’t only about us? What if it is about you helping someone else? Or maybe just being there to help them through their difficult season?
Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves. Romans 12:10
The Lord is constantly looking for a partner to help his people. Just maybe the season you are in is for you to learn something that can help others in their future seasons. Maybe this season for you is about you being there helping someone else in their current season, encouraging them, and the next season is going to be more focused on you.
Are you saying it is not about Me?
I am not saying this is God Ordained revelation; it is a thought of mine. The Lord does tell us to prefer our brother before ourselves. It seems like a possibility to me, maybe where we are has nothing to do with if we made the wrong turn, or if we are being punished maybe it has nothing to do with us.
We filter everything in our lives through our own lens but sometimes it isn’t about us. Sometimes we have to realize we are not the center of the world and maybe just this once, it is about someone else.
Calm Down, Child.
Now, don’t freak out. You are special, you are significant, but sorry to tell you NOT everything is about you. Your mother was wrong, you are not the center of the universe. You may be the center of her universe but to the rest of us you sort of have to prove your specialness and amazingness. 🙂
The trip was all around a good trip and I enjoyed many things. The biggest thing I learned was this one: it made me realize sadly, it is not all about me, either.
I’m going to try and do a few more blogs a week and thought Sunday should have a theme, it is either going to be SELIFE SUNDAY, NAVAL GAZING or SELF-HELP SUNDAY. Which one do you like? Comment and let me know.
Hence, this was the perfect topic to start with: It is not all about us. I had to push you down to build you back up. Right? (Why is that a saying? And what is the point of it?)
Anyways, I hope your Sunday has been as wonderful as mine.
RANDOM TRIP PICS
A few other fun things we did.
North Carolina is a beautiful place and I would have loved to stay longer but we only had a few days.
1. The first picture on the top right is my cousin’s daughter. She was showing me the neighbors chickens. The chickens she had been taking care of, despite my attempts at telling her no she still rubbed the chicken on my arm so I could feel their feathers.
2. The second pic is me in her amazing treehouse her dad built for her.
3. The last pic is of the restaurant The Melting Pot. It is a fun restaurant but be forewarned it is a place where you cook your own food.
We also visited the church my brother and sister in law are planning on joining and its people were extremely welcoming and the service was enjoyable.