Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us,--Hebrews 12:1

Monday, September 3, 2012

A Rainbow and a Sweep, What a Day!

The bus was passing through Fayetteville, AR and the clouds were building when this beautiful rainbow appeared off to our left. We were on our way to the first cross country meet of the season at Shiloh Christian Academy in Springdale. It was only the second time I've seen a rainbow since Amanda was killed and I should have recognized it as a sign that this would be a great day.

The rainbow holds special significance to us these days because of the lyrics of a song, the song that she had for a ringtone on her phone when she died and the song we chose to have played at her funeral. "Make me a rainbow. I'll shine down on my mother," is a line from "If I Die Young" by The Band Perry.

Since Amanda was murdered I've looked for rainbows every time conditions are right. For 19 months they've been extremely scarce, but when I do see them, I know it's a sign that Amanda is watching over us. She was with us this day, and it turned out to be better than I ever hoped.

This summer I started helping with our school's cross country team. We started practicing in May, right after school let out. Throughout the summer, with the exception of two weeks when coaches aren't allowed any contact with students, we met three days a week at 7 AM.

"Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows." -- Proverbs 11:25

Through the hottest weeks of the year we averaged about 40 kids at practice on those days. Since school started our high school team has been meeting at 5:15 in the morning, junior high at 5:45. These kids have put in the miles this summer and continue to work hard even though they have to get up early. They sowed sweat and pain this summer and this weekend they reaped the harvest.

All that hard work and dedication paid off Saturday when we drove the team three hours on a bus to their first cross country meet of the season. All four teams--junior and senior high boys and girls--won the 4A/5A division 1st place trophies at the Shiloh Christian meet this week! It was exhilarating to watch these kids, who've worked so hard, make their way to the front of the crowd to claim their trophies.

"And God has placed in the church first of all apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healing, of helping, of guidance, and of different kinds of tongues." -- 1 Corinthians 12:28

I am so thankful and so blessed to have the opportunity to work with these great kids, parents, and coaches. I know that God has me right where He means for me to be and look forward to what lies ahead.

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