It was one of the largest that I have seen for some time.
It was just a gloomy Tasmanian winter's day, yet there for me to witness for my benefit was a visible sign of the promises of God.
It certainly stopped me in my tracks and I just stood in awe, and worshipped the Lord with thanksgiving for the lengths to which he goes to get my attention, reminding me of his amazing, never ending love; going before me along the path He makes the way clear for me to travel.
His ways are much higher than ours. The faithful God of the universe is true to his word never leaving us nor forsaking us.
Just like a honed elite athlete, who needs regular stretching and strengthening exercise to get their bodies in peak condition for the competition ahead, we too need stretching and strengthening in our faith muscles, to trust God at a much deeper level so as to grow in intimacy with him.
This does not come about without some pain or sacrifice, but I have no doubts that the Olympic athlete who has just won the gold medal in their chosen sport would say 'that the pain of training and the sacrifices made have been worth it'.
I'm sure that many of you can agree with me when I say that our faith journeys are indeed worth the pain and sacrifices.
God always knows how to best train us and how to apply the tests of life so as to strengthen us in our faith journeys, and in the process grow us into a much deeper relationship with Him.
In the last days of my Father's life, as he was dying with cancer last year, he would often say to me: "I don't know how people travel this journey without God".
His faith was rock solid and he showed me in true rainbow colours where he put his hope and trust. It was in someone who was much larger than he, for he trusted in the God of the universe.
What an awesome legacy for my Father to leave me, so that I too can continue to walk in his footsteps of faith, hope and trust, as I travel along in my own faith journey with Jesus.
As Jesus hung on the cross dying for our sin and the sin of lost mankind He cried out "It is finished". Embedded in that cry is the announcement that the pain of His sacrifice has been worthwhile.
What He went through on that cross has enabled us to travel this journey through life in a right relationship with Him.
I am learning that I cannot fully rely on Jesus until I become more dependent upon Him, especially in those times of struggle in my life.
What a privilege it is to travel the journey of life with Jesus by my side, and as I continue to trust in Him my future is secure, for He truly is the God of the universe who keeps to His promises.