This Too Shall Pass…Arlesia Cummings

In a previous post, I wrote about my spiritual soundtrack. My spiritual soundtrack consists of songs that speak to my spirit. These are songs that when I need inspiration and encouragement, they speak to me in the most perfect way.


This too shall pass by Rev. James Cleveland, is one of those songs for me. My favorite lyrics in the song

“The sun will shine, It can’t rain all the time. Those clouds of gray, will have to pass away.” Just think about that for a second. It can’t rain all the time. Isn’t that a fact! It simply cannot rain all the time. I don’t care how bad it is pouring outside, eventually that rain is going to let up. Then you can put down your umbrella, dry yourself off, and realize the fact that you are no longer in the rain.

As a matter of fact, just yesterday I was in the store grabbing a few things. I could hear the rain pouring down while I was inside. I kept thinking to myself, I don’t want to go outside in this rain. A few people were standing in the entranceway of the store, because they themselves didn’t want to go out in the rain either.

I waited a few minutes, then I put a plastic bag over my head and ran to my car. Before I pulled off I waited for the rain to slow down. By the time I exited the parking lot the rain was stopping. When I stopped at a red light I looked to the left of me, and I saw a rainbow in the sky.

Every time I see a rainbow it makes me smile. There is something so beautiful and peaceful about a rainbow. According to Wikipedia “A rainbow is a meteorological phenomenon that is caused by reflection, refraction and dispersion of light in water droplets resulting in a spectrum of light appearing in the sky. It takes the form of a multicoloured arc. Rainbows caused by sunlight always appear in the section of sky directly opposite the sun.Rainbows can be full circles; however, the average observer sees only an arc formed by illuminated droplets above the ground, and centred on a line from the sun to the observer’s eye.”

You see this is Wikipedia’s definition, and that’s a thorough scientific explanation of what a rainbow is.

However, as a Christian, the science part doesn’t come into play for me when I see a rainbow.

When I see that beautiful arc of colors in the sky, I think of God. I don’t think of water droplets or spectrums of light. I think of God’s mercy and Grace. I think of God’s faithfulness, and of the convenant he made with Noah.  Genesis 9:16-18, And the bow shall be in the cloud; and I will look upon it, that I may remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is upon the earth.

And God said unto Noah, This is the token of the covenant, which I have established between me and all flesh that is upon the earth.

I had a rough week. The devil has been busy, busy, busy. Through all of that,  how perfect that at the end of that week I look up and see a rainbow in the sky. It was a reminder to me that God is still and will always be God. He will forever keep his promises. As Rev. James Cleveland sings, “This too will have to pass away. The sun will shine.” Then we can all look forward to seeing our rainbow.


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