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New BeginningThe canyon wall cast a shadow over the valley below. Darkness invaded her soul. Looking down from a high plateau, a sense of fear overcame her. One more step, she thought and my life could end. In a sense, she felt it had: at least life as she knew it. Being the daughter of an Air Force officer had ups and downs. Moving every two to three years sure got old. A new school, friends and home awaited her. Again.

S-A-T-U-R-D-A-Y Night” she found herself silently humming under her breath. A tear fell as she remembered her Saturday nights spent at the skating rink competing in Limbo and flirting with the boys. The evening always ended with a sleep-over at Dawn’s. They scarcely got a wink of sleep. Typical of two preteen girls, they talked and giggled until the wee of hours of the morning.

A deep sadness overtook her. Feeling all alone, she awoke from her emotional stupor by the ricocheting of a rock against the canyon walls. She almost forgot her little sister was present, oblivious to her pain.

“It’s just not fair”, she thought. The giant chasm in the ground reminded her of her separation from her best friend. Half of a shiny, silver heart dangled from her neck. She clutched it in her hand and remembered the day Dawn gave it to her. They smiled and faced each other with their pinkies entwined chanting “memories made never fade”. She wondered, “Does she miss me as much as I miss her? Will we ever see each other again? Will my life ever be the same?”

She took a deep breath and looked out at the expansive rock formation against the skyline. A sense of wonder slowly overcame her. The light that had been casting a shadow now illuminated a rainbow embedded in earthen clay. What magnificent beauty. What a spectacular vision. Shades of crimson, orange, yellow, white and violet popped and reminded her of the story of Noah that she had learned in Sunday school.

God Had painted a rainbow in the sky as a sign of his promise to mankind that he would never destroy the earth by a flood again (Gen. 9:13-15). “Yes, God is faithful”, she said to herself, as a ray of light burst forth like a laser beam. She realized her circumstances were not only the means to an end but also to a beautiful beginning. God had a plan to prosper her, not to harm her (Jer. 29:11). Beneath the warmth, despair dissipated. Hope sprang from her heart and a new song from her lips. “What a friend I have in Jesus” she sang silently to herself. He bore all my sin and grief, and bridged the greatest chasm of all. Because of Jesus I can come to almighty God in prayer.

She gathered her emotions, and peaceful thoughts replaced fear. She remembered one of her favorites scriptures, “Love never stops being patient, never stops believing, never stops hoping, never gives up, love never comes to an end” (1 Cor. 13:4-7). Joy filled her heart. Smiling, she walked away and anticipated good things awaiting her on the other side. A new beginning. A new adventure. A new day.  She had no doubt that there would be difficult days ahead but God brought her through this valley and he will do it again. “He is my hope”, she reflected. Maybe life as an Air Force brat isn’t that bad after all.