Yesterday I was out walking. It was cold and raining. The sun came out. It was still raining but there was a beautiful rainbow.
I was walking behind a Mum and 3 sons. Two walked with her; a third dawdled behind. Catching them up I overtook ‘dawdler’. I was about to overtake Mum with her two speedier boys. Mum turned round and shouted – almost in my face – ‘Noah, keep up!’
We both laughed. ‘Sorry! I wasn’t shouting at you!’ Frustration and anger turned to laughs and slight embarrassment. Difficult situation: good outcome.
Two ‘difficult situation: good outcome’ stories amused me this week:
Bud, the extremely obese Amazon green parrot, was brought to a local RSPCA centre. Her obsession with crisps made her so fat that when she tried to fly she dropped to the floor.
Bud was adopted by Chloe who put her on a strict diet of vegetables, nuts and bananas. Chloe said: ‘Thankfully she quickly lost weight and she’s much happier as a result. She’s loving life and can fly again…’
Bandit the pet ferret sneaked into his owners’ washing machine. After a 100-minute wash a ‘limp and lifeless’ ferret was taken to Vets4Pets in Leeds. Dave the vet said, ‘Bandit was in a pretty bad way when he came in, but the team here got to work quickly to try and save his life.’
After medication, oxygen treatment and two nights in hospital Bandit was able to return home having made a miraculous and full recovery.
Moses was leading hundreds of thousands of Israelites across the desert. Exceedingly anxious about the size of his responsibilities he brought his worries to his God: ‘You have been telling me, ‘Lead these people,’ but you have not let me know whom you will send with me…’
God said, ‘My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.’ (Exodus 33:12-14)
Difficult situation: rainbow moment: good outcome.