Island Weather


Island Weather

By Susie Teramura


The door

Slams shut

On our new

White suburban,

Mom puts

The keys

In the ignition,

We peel out

Of the rental

Car shop ready

For our

Island adventure,

Just us girls.


The beauty around

Is breath taking,

But at this moment,

All I can do is stare

At the car

In front of us.


The rainbow

On the license plate

Catches my eye,

“That’s cute,”

I think to myself,

“The Rainbow State.”


Finally we reach

The resort,

Crowed with people

In brightly

Flowered shirts

And purple orchid leis

And find our way

To the 30th floor.


Opening the

Sliding doors to

A feast for

The eyes.

Ocean views

In front,

And the Hawaiian mountains

In back;

Green and lush

Curling around

Us with a

Friendly embrace.


But then I see them,

Dark misty clouds

Over the hills,

As rain drops

Slide down on

Our island adventure.


But sure enough,

As quickly

As it came,

The rain

Runs away,

Chased by

Warm sun

And replaced by

A ribbon of color.


And like a

Game of tag,

The sun,

And the rain,


Always ending

The same,

With a rainbow


Across a

Clear blue sky.


And so I learn

About the

“Rainbow State,”

And island weather.

The sun always

Follows the rain,

It’s a promise

And a present

Wrapped in

A colorful bow.


And then a

Call from home,

Son with a

Broken heart,

First love ended,

And my heart

Clouds with his

The rain coming again

This time

On the inside,

And searching for

Words to say

I whisper to You

And ask for

Your words

And thoughts.


“Island weather,”

You say,

And remind me

About the rainbow

That day,

And the promise

That You give;

That there

Will always be

Sun after

The rain.


And that those

Dark clouds

Are not

Here to stay,

You, their Maker,

Have the last say.


In You,

The best is


Yet to come,

Look up, now,

Here comes the sun.


I hang up

The phone

And whisper

In your ear

Close so

No one else can hear,

“God, You are

So great,

Thank you for

Taking me

To the Rainbow State!”


Romans 8:18 Amplified Bible (AMP)

18 For I consider [from the standpoint of faith] that the sufferings of the present life are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is about to be revealed to us and in us!


Romans 8:28 New International Version (NIV)

28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, whohave been called according to his purpose.


 Romans 8:28

That’s why we can be so sure that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good.


Ephesians 1:3

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.


Jeremiah 29:11

For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.


Jeremiah 29:11

..I’ll show up and take care of you as I promised and bring you back home. I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out—plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for.


12 thoughts on “Island Weather

  1. Susie, wonderful reminder, the sun always follows the storm – or I guess the Son always follows the storm. Having faced a couple of deaths this month it’s a timely reminder. Blessings and rainbows for your day…

  2. Hi Susie,
    LOVE all the verses about hope you included today in your post, and what a wonderful place Hawaii must be to be reminded of God’s love through the rainbows after a brief shower! There’s something about a rainbow, isn’t there? Each one is different and recently I saw the thickest one I’ve ever seen, arching over the highway as it seemed that I drove right toward it. I always think of something I’m praying for and bring it before God once again to remind him {and my soul} of his promises to me.

    What a hard time for your son to experience the loss of a sweet love while you were gone and I’m sure you wished you could have been closer to console! What truth you write that dark clouds are not here to stay — for your son and for all of us! Beautiful words! Beautiful trip! xoxo

    1. Hi Valerie 🙂 Yes they are really quite amazing and different ! We don’t see them much where I live -It was strange for it to be a regular thing there! Very special and so nice to be reminded of God’s promises through them. It was so hard to be away during all that but know that God was in it all. It was a beautiful trip. I hope you can go some day with your camera of course and capture it the way you do so well! sending hugs and love! 🙂

  3. Susie, it sounds like it must have had awe-inspiring views. I love rainbows. They speak of hope and promise. As does your poem and the verses you share. Thank you. I’m so glad you had a great time, but I’m so sorry for your son. Blessings and hugs to you!

    1. Hi Trudi- Yes the views were like nothing I have ever seen! I felt like I was in a movie! 🙂 Hard to capture in words or pictures even. It was a real blessing to be there. I hope you can go someday if you haven’t been. Hugs back to you tonight Trudi! 🙂

  4. oh I am just reading this now and I love it! This is a great lesson mixed with great memories. I love the ways God speaks to us — and that you heard Him and shared — Praises

  5. Thanks mom- for the beautiful trip and for the encouragement today! It was a really special time with you and kim and the girls- I like to think on it all and let things settle like treasures in my heart. xoxo

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