Rainbow Bright

Warning: amateur photography ahead!

Last week, I was driving into DC amidst scattered thunderstorms, and saw the most vibrant rainbow directly under the Lincoln monument.  What’s a responsible driver to do?  Get our her cell phone and start snapping pics while driving across the Memorial bridge so I can put them on my blog!  I know, not smart at all.  The pictures don’t really do it justice.

A rainbow never ceases to amaze me.  It’s no wonder that God used it as a sign in the first covenant He established with His people in the Old Testament.  Following the flood, God told Noah,

“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. Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth.” 
Genesis 9:15-16

God used a rainbow, in all its glory, to remember the covenant He made with His people.  It was a visible sign of His promise to them.

Maybe it was all of my Sunday school classes as a child that repeatedly taught me about Noah and the ark and how the rainbow was “God’s promise,” but I never see a rainbow in the sky without thinking about God, His presence, His creation, and His faithfulness.

I wrote a post a few months about the sun shining after the storm, but a rainbow can be a visible sign that in the storm, somewhere God is there.  He doesn’t leave us to weather the storm alone. 

To me, the picture below beautifully illustrates that point.  God, in His compassion and faithfulness, is with usno matter how dark and storm things may become.

“Never will I leave you;
      never will I forsake you.” So we say with confidence,
   “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid.
      What can man do to me?”
Hebrews 13:5-6

“Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
Joshua 1:9
“Fear not, for I have redeemed you;
       I have summoned you by name; you are mine.
 When you pass through the waters,
       I will be with you;
       and when you pass through the rivers,
       they will not sweep over you.
       When you walk through the fire,
       you will not be burned;
       the flames will not set you ablaze.
 For I am the LORD, your God,
       the Holy One of Israel, your Savior”
Isaiah 43:1-3


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