This is my rainbow. On August 6th, I walked out into the Waffle House parking lot and my middle son pointed out a rainbow that a friend would later describe as “angel’s wings”. Hours earlier, a neighbor texted a beautiful prism during sunrise, and by evening time, social media displayed an assortment of rainbows from morning to night.
Rainbows. Not only God’s beautiful creation but God’s beautiful promise.
Genesis 9:13 I have set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth.
God’s promise to the world.
Before the flood of Noah’s day, no one had ever seen rain (Genesis 2:5-6). Can you imagine how terrifying it must have been when more rain came? The rainbow is a symbol and reminder of God’s goodness and greatness, especially in those moments of fear and doubt. The rainbow was His promise to His people to never leave nor forsake them. (spoken of over 100 times in scripture)
“The rainbow illustrates for us God’s gracious and grand purpose of redemption (especially in light of his justness and holy judgment) to not only spare Noah and his family but also to give humanity (yet another) chance to start again.” (Hampshire, 2020)
God’s promise to me.
I know this rainbow was for everyone, but I also know this rainbow was for me. Appearing on the day of my Cancer diagnosis, I will forever cherish this rainbow because it reminds me that He sees me… and this time, he wanted me to see that He sees me!
As I step into surgery, I will remember my rainbow.
No matter how this story ends, or how bad a future day may get, I choose to remember my rainbow.
If you see me, and I look downcast, remind me of my rainbow!
God provides these little winks to us. A rainbow, a bluebird, a cardinal, whatever it may be, if we are looking close enough and listening, we will see that he sees us! My challenge to you is to look and listen, find your rainbow, and remember it!