‘I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth.’ – Genesis 9.13From Helen Machell:
Whilst out running recently it seemed somewhat grey, overcast with a few patches of blue sky and sun intertwined. For me this seemed like the perfect conditions to run in, except that I was not in the perfect condition to run. It had been a tough day, but with a little persuasion and my determination to complete 3 runs this week, out I went.
This particular run, though, was somewhat different. Usually I am constantly encouraging myself to keep going. With this run however, it seemed that whenever I changed direction there was a different motivation, I kept seeing rainbows. Well formed, vibrant rainbows. It seemed that each was more glaringly obvious than the last!
Every time I see a rainbow I am always reminded of God’s promise to Noah. When I saw the 2nd rainbow, I decided to think of another promise. I then said to God that each time I saw a new rainbow I would name out loud a new promise. I can’t say this was easy especially when I was at rainbow number 5 and somewhat out of breath (read almost dying!) but I kept on. This was my list:
1. God promised Noah that he wouldn’t flood the earth again.
2. He promised Abraham that he would have land, a people and blessing (I only allowed myself to have this as one!).
3. To never leave us or forsake us. – Hebrews 13.5
4. For he is good, His Love endures forever. – Psalm 136
5. The Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in him. – Nahum 1.7
What would be yours?
As I got home, I turned to look down my road (I was pleased I had made it back) and I noticed staring back at me the clearest double rainbow. I grinned at the rainbow and at God, thinking, ‘Very funny!’ I came up with 2 more.
1. Come all who are weary and I will give you rest. – Matthew 11.28
2. I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life. – John 8.12
God’s promises are a great reminder to us all and we should take great delight in each one of them.
*Disclosure 1. I looked up the references when I got in!
*Disclosure 2. This shouldn’t have been that difficult really – apparently there are over 3000 in the Bible!!!!