If you know me well, you know that I like to be in control…of everything. I would not say I’m a control freak, but I am not one who will sit back a wait for things to happen; I make things happen. I am learning because of my need to be in control those are the areas that God deals with me. The areas of my life that have the potential to decrease my faith.
Such was the case on October 17, 2008, when I was called down to HR and relinquished of my job. God spoke to me in the days and moments to come and said, “Focus on Me. Don’t trip and focus on Me.” Even though I quickly got over the emotional effect of losing my job, it took me a while to get the hang of not overanalyzing the circumstances. It’s just who I am. But I received a clear sign that all I have to do is focus on Him.
It was during the plane trip to Connecticut for a job interview. I prayed for an undeniable sign of what I was to do. Getting that job meant moving my family selling my house, finding a new job for Harold, and a number of other things that were making me feel out of control. I packed my Bible in my carry on to spend a little time searching scripture for the answer I so desperately needed.
I always pray during takeoff on airplane trips. Yes, I am an engineer. Yes, I understand aerodynamics. It’s still too much for me to accept as normal, so I pray. Once the plane was above the clouds I finished my prayer and looked out the window. I saw something marvelous. As we flew through the sky the plane was encircled by a rainbow.
At first, I thought I was seeing things. But as I continued to look it became very clear; a rainbow encircled the center of the plane. I immediately thought of Noah and the rainbow and went directly to Genesis. As I read it was revealed to me that God will never do anything to harm me. The rainbow is a symbol that God would never destroy the people on earth again (Gen 9:12-16). He was telling me that He will never place me in a position that He has not equipped me to handle. He won’t send me somewhere I can be destroyed. And all I have to do is focus on Him. Isn’t that amazing?