What would you make of seeing a full rainbow in a cloudy sky but without any rain to behold? I’m sure there’s a good, scientific explanation for such occurrences, but I prefer to see them as a sign of the covenant. That has particular significance for my wife and me. Intrigued as to what that might be? Read on! There’s quite a story to be told.
So my wife and I are on the road again, only this time to see family and friends. What a relief! After all the poking and prodding at medical centers, it’s a relief to feel a little bit more like myself and to do the things we love to do. That doesn’t mean my memory is up to snuff. I still wake up in the morning having a difficult time remembering what happened the day before. But things are getting better, slowly, and we are encouraged. Your continued good thoughts, hopes, and prayers are welcome.
We are currently visiting family and friends in Ohio, after presenting at the Ohio Educators Connect for Success Conference. Then we’re on to the Chautauqua Institution in western New York State, where the theme for the week is Our Elegant Universe. We should learn a lot and it really promises to be a whole lot of fun, especially since we are going to be together with so many loved ones. It’s a special time and I am thankful to be alive.
While in Ohio, we have been staying with Megan’s sister and brother-in-law, Maura and Dave Rawn. In addition to being family, Maura serves as Chief Operating Officer for LifeTrek Coaching International and the Center for School Transformation. As I have mentioned before, we would not be surviving this difficult time, both functionally and emotionally, without them. So this Provision starts with a shout out to them, and to all the family and friends, who have kept us in the game.
Before leaving on this two-week vacation, I worked hard to mow and clean up our yard. Those were tasks that I used to do regularly, and that I have always enjoyed, so I was looking forward to getting things back in order upon our return from the Mayo Clinic – especially since the news from Mayo was somewhat discouraging. I have some permanent brain damage and it’s going to take a lot of work to get back to where I want to be.
Fortunately, I’m not afraid of work. In this case, I had plenty to keep me busy. The work on the yard proved to be a long, hard job – just the kind of thing I enjoy most. Nothing gives me more satisfaction than tackling a big project and working on it steadily until I get it done. That’s when it’s time to celebrate and relax until the next project comes along.
When I finished the work on the yard and got down to the dock, I called my wife to join me as I relaxed to recover. This one got me into a bit of trouble, because I am not supposed to be unsupervised around large bodies of water, but she appreciated that I had called her immediately upon completion of the work and she came down to the dock directly to share the time together.
That’s when we had our moment. Lying on the dock under cloudy skies, but with no rain in sight, we saw the most beautiful of rainbows arced sideways in the sky. All we could do at that point was to look at each other, marvel, and cry. It was, if you were, an act of God, because the rainbow as a sign of the covenant had been the theme of our wedding on August 21, 1976 in Felton, California. It was as though the universe was reaching out and saying to us, “Everything is going to be all right.”
We have a picture from our wedding day of the two of us standing in front of a felt banner, that my wife made for our wedding, showing a rainbow along with the words, “A Sign of the Covenant”. Wow! Nothing could have been more powerful for the two of us, lying on the dock looking up into the sky, at that moment in time. And even with a bad memory, I remember that rainbow.
So take that as a sign of what’s possible in the grand scheme of life. There’s just no telling. Recovery from my brain disease does not have a good prognosis, but that’s only part of the equation. There’s also those untold variables and wonders, like that rainbow in the sky, that we hold onto as signs of the covenant.
I invite you to look for those signs yourself and to claim them as untold miracles and wonders. As I have written before, there’s two ways to go through life: either as though nothing is a miracle and wonder or as though everything is a miracle and wonder. I choose the latter.
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I have not written to you through your ordeal, but that does not mean that you and Megan have not been in my prayers daily. I think often of your intensity that I experienced the many times that we shared space together and most recently in the times surrounding your mother death and funeral, her “graduation to be with the Lord.”
Your Provision today was especially powerful and “grace-filled.” I, too, share your hope and pray that the same mysterious Jesus who touched the boy at Nain might continually touch you with his healing love and bring continued healing to you and your loving family in whatever form it takes.
Thank you for this brilliant, heartfelt Provision ! Through your authentic and loving writings I am inspired to be “in action mode” for the good! God bless you and your family.
I think your trauma has triggered more of an empath in you. I, too, am tender to the thought and I really feel other’s feelings. It is a gift and a curse – one that I would never give up! ~ smiles……..and Happy Father’s Day!
You are fully present, aware and embracing life as it is, in the moment, is an example for all of us on this life trek. Thank you for sharing your full self with the world. That is my vision of wellness for myself. You are a shining example for me:-)
Thank you for your Provision in heart, love and being connected. I sense your journey has heightened abilities in you that have always been present deep within yourself. It is evident how your writing has a new emotional component. My perception is that Body, Mind and Spirit are all the same in you, but have realigned in a way to communicate a new dimension of understanding. Thank you for your courage and faith. Yes, God continues to use you to help others. Blessings during your healing and awareness process.
Grace and peace. I surely hope that the folks at Mayo are able to discern and heal. In the spirit of healing just want to update you on my good fortune. The neurosurgeon who did my back surgery was very skeptical that he’d be able to restore any of my lost functioning – barely able to walk because bone spurs were pinching my spinal column and preventing nerve signals from getting to my left leg, and he did such a great job that within just three weeks almost all of my functions have returned. I can even wiggle my toes but far more wonderfully I can walk. So I’m hoping and praying your medical team can be as successful.
May you be filled with goodness, peace, and joy.
Bob Tschannen-Moran, MCC, BCC
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