Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. James 1:2-3, NIV
Recently, while sitting at a red light on my morning commute, I was jamming to my favorite song, drinking my protein shake, and trying to hype myself up for another day of high school. When I glanced at my side mirror, I noticed that the young girl in the driver’s seat of the car behind me seemed to be more concerned with applying her make-up than driving.
“As long as she is behind me,” I said, as I continued to jive to a Toby Mac song.
When the light turned green and I started pulling away, I looked in my side view mirror again and saw the words, “Objects in the mirror are closer than they appear.”
Surprisingly, I also noticed a beautiful rainbow suspended above both the words and the potentially hazardous situation happening behind me. I knew it was God reminding me of His promises.
Rainbows echo promises. Not only promises of Biblical proportions, but also reaffirming, stabilizing promises of new days, protections, and smiles after tears.
It’s the little things in life, isn’t it?
Don’t ever forget to look in the side view mirror of life; not just to see your reflection, but to reflect upon what God has already done in your life. The broken hearts, the broken dreams, and the broken promises have only served to create a masterful collage, more beautiful from its healing than a pristine, undamaged whole.
Lord Jesus, as we get closer to the end of the school year, help us pause to reflect upon Your blessings this year. Help us see through the hard times to the beautiful masterpiece You are creating both within us and in the lives of our students.
Copyright Jessica Burchfield.
Jessica is a high school fine arts teacher and freelance writer from Florida.