The path from my flat to the bus stop was slimy with displaced mud and I could just image my trackless shoes slipping right from under me and slamming my backside right into the mush.
As I had no desire to begin my day with an incident like that, I took my time getting from point A to point B, even diverting from my normal trail a bit and getting on pavement as soon as possible.
There were splotches and stains all over the sidewalk where the rain had begun to dry, but it was still very clear that more rain was never too far away.
The sky was an inky blue/gray, the kind of clouds you just know are holding more rain than you are feeling up to.
I got on the bus without any problem, and to my surprise, the clouds didn’t let loose during that moment.
Instead, when I looked up from the music on my phone, I saw not just one but two huge rainbows. The clouds still hovered over Nottingham, but there was a peace that accompanied the beauty of the rainbow.
Hebrews 10:23 reads, “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful;”
Whenever I see a rainbow, I immediately am reminded of the story of Noah. After the flood had receded, God made a covenant with Noah and his descendants after him to never again flood the earth (Gen. 9:11-17).
In verses 13-14, God tells Noah “I set My bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a sign of a covenant between Me and the earth. It shall come about, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the bow will be seen in the cloud,”
The rainbow is a manifestation of God’s promise to Noah and to all the earth from that day on.
When I see the rainbow arching across a clouded sky, I recall God’s past, present, and future faithfulness. Like our verse from Hebrews declares, “He who promised is faithful;”
Life has its stormy days, and try as we might, there is just no avoiding pain, disappointment, or frustration. They are just as much a part of life as are happiness, excitement, and laughter.
But no matter how dark the skies may get, or how much rain may seem to be falling in our lives, we can hold tight to the assurance that God’s promises are tried and true. He is eternally faithful and forever unchanging. His goodness today will be His goodness tomorrow.
“Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow.” James 1:17
God tells us in His word that He will never leave nor forsake us. So, my friends, we can take His promises to the bank. God is faithful and His has entered into a covenant relationship with us when we surrendered our lives to Him.
Whatever lies the enemy is whispering in your ear, and whatever fear is holding you back from stepping into destiny, I pray the blood of Jesus Christ washes away all doubt and rejuvenates you with a spirit of a conqueror!
Just like the rainbow is evidence of God’s faithful promises, the dwelling of the Holy Spirit within us is a daily reminder that Jesus’ promise to return is true, as well.
I want to conclude with this powerful verse (11) from Psalm 42:
“Why are you in despair, O my soul? And why have you become disturbed within me? Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him, The help of my countenance and my God.”