It had been raining all afternoon. I was working with a video crew shooting golf courses in Ireland, and well, you can’t shoot in the rain. With no end in sight, we called the afternoon a wash (pun intended) and returned to the hotel. I checked out a few shops and laid down to rest before dinner. As the day began to wind down, the sun began to peek from behind the clouds just before setting for the night. Then my phone buzzed to life. The text from my camera guy said, “Do you see the rainbow?!” I’ve never run out so fast. The crew and I raced to the van and drove as quickly (and safely) to the course as we could. It was still drizzling, but there it was: the most brilliant, full double rainbow I’d ever seen. This picture doesn’t do it justice.
I love that God gave us rainbows. After the rain, after the storm, after the clouds, He gives us this beautiful reminder that He promised the rain wouldn’t destroy all life again. In Genesis 9, after months on board the ark, Noah and his family stepped out into light, and God did something He had never done before: he painted the sky with a spectrum of colors. It was a reminder that He would never completely wipe out life, plant, animal or human, again with a flood. It’s a good reminder after days like we had yesterday and this morning.
“I establish my covenant with you, that never again shall all flesh be cut off by the waters of the flood, and never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth.” And God said, “This is the sign of the covenant that I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for all future generations: I have set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth. When I bring clouds over the earth and the bow is seen in the clouds, I will remember my covenant that is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh. And the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh. When the bow is in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth.” God said to Noah, “This is the sign of the covenant that I have established between me and all flesh that is on the earth.” Genesis 9:11-17
We’ve spent the month reflecting on God’s Faithfulness, which we’ve defined as God keeping His promises. One lesson I’ve learned through my husband’s health journey is to remember.
Last week, I shared three promises I’ve learned through my husband’s health journey. Today, I want to close the month out with one task for you:
Remember the Rainbows.
You see, God gave us rainbows as a tangible reminder of a promise He made. Every time the clouds clear and the sun shines after the rain, we are reminded that God said He wouldn’t destroy the entire earth by flood again. The Bible has many examples of God’s people building altars or placing stones of remembrance, but here are a few:
- When the Israelites crossed the Jordan into the Promised Land (Joshua 3-4).
- When God saved the Israelites from Philistines (1 Samuel 7)
- When God provided a ram for Abraham to sacrifice instead sacrificing Isaac (Genesis 22:1-19)
When Kris was in hospital and in the days after, we took notes in our phones, the ways we saw God. We took notes on what we were thankful for and how He had provided for us. There was the answer He gave: a diagnosis. There was the EMT that Kris talked with about godly relationships. There was the body of Christ who wrapped themselves around us showing that the church isn’t the building but the people. The wisdom of doctors who wouldn’t give up and kept digging when test after test came back negative. Our families that were such a tremendous help with our kids. I want to be careful here: I’m not saying these were God’s faithfulness, because He didn’t promise us answers or healing. But we needed those notes to reference on the bad days, when darkness seemed to surround us and we felt lost and alone. We could look back and see God in our storm; we could see that He never left us. He kept His promise to never forsake us.
Remembering looks different for different people. For me, it is writing. I have friends who have jars. Every time God moves, they write it on a piece of paper and put it in the jar. I remember in one of Bible Studies, we wrote on rocks and created our own stones of remembrance. I’m sure Pinterest is full of ideas! But do something! Find a way to tangibly remember His rainbows.