I  sit exhausted in the window seat of the plane.  Just sit there as the stewardess explains for the billionth time how a safety belt buckles and opens.  I am staring mindlessly out of the window, watching luggage carts speed past on the tarmac.


Allume 2012 has been a wonderful conference, with lots of hugs, laughter, learning and little sleep.  I feel fortunate to be on a flight that has not been canceled.  Hurricane Sandy is heading quickly towards the East Coast and I am on one of the last fights out of Pennsylvania.


Words and phrases from amazing speakers roll through my mind, as the g-force presses me into my seat at takeoff.


Waves of wind, and rain hit the plane and causes the plane to jump and rock, and I clinch the arms of the seat as if they can do something significant to stabilize this rocket with wings.  Finally, we reach our cruising altitude where the air is a little calmer…but not completely void of air pockets.


I pull out my camera and begin to take pictures of the clouds – Just something I do to pass the time.  Observing these clouds, so menacing looking, hanging there suspended between earth and heaven – I am in awe of God, the original artist of all.


“Where did you get the inspiration for all of this beauty, Lord?”, I whisper as the camera, click, click, clicks away.


It is then, that I see a completed rainbow – the full sphere, there on the clouds. Though you cannot see it in these pictures, the shadow of our plane was in the rainbow. Then I am aware of a shadow formed by the clouds, giving the impression of a hand holding the plane.  For half an hour I watch the sphere outside of my window!

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God was there – at the conference, in the bumps and rocking of the plane; in the rising and drops of air pockets; in the peaceful bliss of the high altitudes, and in the final embrace of my husband as I enter the airport at home.  He is always here, holding us with his mighty right hand – flexing his mighty muscles for the one He loves.


“and there before me was a throne in heaven with someone sitting on it.  And the one who sat there had the appearance of jasper and ruby. A rainbow that shone like an emerald encircled the throne.” (Revelation 4:2-43 NIV)



I am going to Allume again this year! If you are going, I would love to meet you face to face!





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Diane W. Bailey is the founder of The Consilium – an online community of wisdom and purpose for women over 45 years of age. She is a published author. Her books include String of Pearls – From Tears to Treasure, and 30 Days To A Better Stepfamily. She creates her own line of precious metals bracelets. Diane lives in the Deep South with her husband Doc. Together they have created a stepfamily, each having two stepchildren and two birth children, and share three grandchildren, one black lab named Charlie and one long haired tabby cat named Lil Girl. Diane’s passion is to encourage women to be all God has created them to be by pressing past fear and daring to live life as an adventure. Some of her life adventures include traveling to Israel, speaking, entrepreneurship and backyard farming with Doc. She loves Gumbo, fried shrimp and seeing all sunsets across water.

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