I have lived much of my life in darkness. When I found my faith I became afflicted. I found both conviction and comfort in the bible. It seems to me that God honors our enduring trials in which we struggle. It was Isaiah 54 that brought some light into my life.
11 “O you afflicted one,
Tossed with tempest, and not comforted,
Behold, I will lay your stones with colorful gems,
And lay your foundations with sapphires.
12 I will make your pinnacles of rubies,
Your gates of crystal,
And all your walls of precious stones.
13 All your children shall be taught by the Lord,
And great shall be the peace of your children.
14 In righteousness you shall be established;
You shall be far from oppression, for you shall not fear;
And from terror, for it shall not come near you.
15 Indeed they shall surely assemble, but not because of Me.
Whoever assembles against you shall fall for your sake.
I haven't seen a rainbow since my childhood.
I saw one a few days ago. It was a beautiful sign. I felt hope for the first time in a long time.
God does work in mysterious ways!