I stepped outside in the cool evening air, taking in the light rain still falling and the hint of sunshine over the mountains. The storm had just passed; the lightning was through, the thunder was gone. I padded my barefooted way across the wet patio to the damp earth, enjoying the soft give of the rain-moistened soil beneath my feet.
And there it was—God's promise to never flood the earth again:
“I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth. Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will remember my covenant between me and you and all living creatures of every kind. Never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all life.”
(Genesis 9 : 13-15)
It was a typical Colorado summer afternoon: a storm passed through to give way to sunshine in what was left of the day. We just happened to be rewarded with a lovely rainbow after this particular storm. The day always begins full of sunshine, full of hope—much as you could think of your life, or a metaphorical day.
Troubles come and worries weigh us down, storm clouds temporarily shielding God's promises from our eyes. But then the sun comes—the same one “the people walking in darkness” saw; a light shining “on those living in the land of the shadow of death.” (Isaiah 9:2) Jesus is indeed the light of the world (John 8:12), and keeping our eyes trained on him, immersing ourselves in prayer with him and in his Word will keep us in his light.
When times seem dark, we need to look up into the sky to see the rainbow God put there for us. Behind it stands the cross, the ultimate expression of his love for us in the death of his son. He loves us; he will never again flood the earth; he has his hand on us and is watching over us (Psalm 121).
He said again in Isaiah 54 : 9-10:
“'To me this is like the days of Noah, when I swore that the waters of Noah would never again cover the earth. So now I have sworn not to be angry with you, never to rebuke you again. Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed,' says the Lord, who has compassion on you.”
It rains on everyone equally, and the sun shines on everyone just the same (Matthew 5:45). Everyone has easy paths and rough spots, but how dim things must seem without a Savior. As Christians we have God's rainbow to look at—and we see his unfailing promises there for us. That rainbow is the promise of brighter days, eternal love, and, ultimately, a new life in heaven! The sun (or Son) always comes back out.
I made my way back to the house, heart full of the light of God's love after watching the rainbow disappear. I am in God's hands, and so are you. Rejoice in his light!
See You In The Round!
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