• Cara-Lee Compton

The rainbow in the storm

At long last I get to blog again, and my heart is full! Life has been ridiculously busy, running from one thing to another, and trying to keep all the balls in the air - it's 2020, right?

For quite some time I've wanted to write something, publish it, just get something out there, but jumping in and writing about Black Friday, or summer fashion, or even skincare just didn't feel right. I have gone through very tough times and wanted to look for something deeper to not only inspire you as the reader, but to convince myself to get out of the autopilot mode I'm in.

I've been getting up at 5am in the mornings, having to decide what I will work on for an hour and a half before work - dissertation, blog, content, video editing, getting in shape before going on holiday in two weeks (which is a very ridiculous and unreal timeframe so I usually don't go for this - lol) launching my business, or one of my other side hustles. During lunch and after work, I repeat. Needless to say, I have been sleeping less, stressing more, eating either nothing or everything and crying every second hour out of frustration and tiredness.

...And late yesterday afternoon, sitting in traffic, there it was. In the midst of a proper Pretoria storm, heavy rains and hail coming down, there was a beautiful, full rainbow stretching across the sky. I am immediately reminded of the story in the bible with the Ark and the flood, and God's promise with the rainbow - that it will never happen again. Then, as I sit quietly with no music playing (you know it was a rough day when you do this), I can feel God saying that He makes promises even in the storm - while the storm is raging and seems pretty scary. Promises He intends on keeping, about hope, a better life, a better year ahead, a better country.

We have all experienced our own storms this year, and the fact that they look different from each other does not invalidate or make someone else's storm less of a battle. Let's look up, be quiet for a second and take in everything we have conquered in this year. It can only make us stronger, even our immune systems. Restore your hopes and dreams for next year, and remember, God is the light at the end of the dark tunnel, not financial relief or the something new and sparkly, God is the light, the rainbow and the promise!

I will be writing on all the exciting summer topics soon!