“You prepare a feast for me in the presence of my enemies. You honor me by anointing my head with oil. My cup overflows with blessings.” Psalms 23:5 NLT
One of my favourite Preachers, John Ortberg, writes about the idea of rainbow days: days when the goodness of God seems to overflow and multiply in your life. He days they are rare, beautiful, a little magical and a sign of God’s goodness – just like rainbows.
Today has been a rainbow day. We began with free time in Cardiff – which I spent shopping for a few things to take home with me.
Then we boarded the bus to drive to St. Fagan’s. All I really knew about St. Fagan’s was that it was a sort of natural museum. Kind of like Black Creek Pioneer Village to Ontarians – a place to see how people used to live.
We were all exhausted from the wonderful concert and the party last night. So my friends and I discussed going to see one or two of the buildings and then finding somewhere just to sit and relax in the shade. Maybe catch a nap. Add to the exhaustion the fact that my stomach was giving me some trouble, and I wasn’t feeling overly ambitious about this self guided tour.
But then we began to explore. And we saw some great thatched roof buildings from the Iron Age. We decided to explore a little more and found ourselves walking along a forest path, beautifully shaded and dappled with sunlight. We were talking and laughing and taking pictures. Step by step, we found ourselves refreshed.
After seeing a stone pig stye and a 16th century farmhouse, we decided to walk to the castle. It was about 10 minutes walk, and we were tired again…until we got to the grounds surrounding the castle. We were enamored. It felt like every step you took – it just became more beautiful and more impressive. We were running short on time, and never made it to the castle itself. But oh, what beautiful grounds, what amazing vistas, what a joyful time we had exploring.
We literally had to run back to the bus and we were the last to make it there. In fact, as a joke, our driver began driving away. We panicked and yelled and ran towards the bus and the group had a good laugh at us. (All in good fun – we were laughing at ourselves, too!)
Next we were off to Penderyn Distillery where we had a tour and learned about the Welsh Whiskey. After our tour we sang for the tour guides, and they were blown away by our song.
We started the drive to Llandrindod Wells (I don’t have the faintest idea how to pronounce that! I had to look it up to figure out how to even spell it.). We drove through beautiful Welsh countryside and there was a lot of laughter and chatter as we exclaimed over everything we saw.
We ended the day with a beautiful dinner and then and evening stroll through the town. All day long my friends and I have been looking at each other and shaking our heads and saying: this day has been epic, this day has been amazing!!
This has been a rainbow day.