Promises -- By Sally I. Kennedy

"I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth." (Genesis 9:13)

We were on our way to a business meeting. The morning was dismally gray and rush hour traffic was still bumper-to-bumper on the interstate.

My associate was despondent. She shared with me how it seemed her life was falling apart around her, even as she muddled through it. I was listening, and in my mind, trying to formulate words of encouragement.

Then, right there in front of us, stretching all the way across the horizon, were double rainbows. What a sight! Not just one, but two, with a message proclaiming the gift of comfort and hope that God gives us, because of His presence and His Word.

Rainbows speak of a promise God gave a long time ago. After the flood that destroyed nearly all life (chapters 6-9 in the book of Genesis), God made a covenant, with Noah and his descendants, for all generations to come. The Lord said, “Never again will there be a flood to destroy the earth This is the sign of the covenant....I have set my rainbow in the clouds...whenever it appears...I will remember the everlasting covenant I have established between me and all life on the earth.”

Rainbows are the colors of God’s love, a visible sign that He is a faithful God. Can they speak to us today? They brought a message to us, the day my friend needed a good word. And each time we see one - or two! - we can be reminded of God’s promise and His faithfulness to us.

That is good news.

Prayer: Lord, thank you for the outward signs You give us to help recall that You are a covenant-making God, and that You are our faithful heavenly Father. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Sally I. Kennedy

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