One of Sunday’s Scripture readings covered Noah’s ark emerging from the flood.
But there’s more to the story: rainbows and covenants. After the massive flood destroyed everything in Noah’s time, God symbolically placed a rainbow of hope in the sky and promised never again.
“God said: “This is the sign of the covenant which I make between Me and you for perpetual generations: I set My rainbow in the cloud, and it shall be the sign of the covenant between Me and the earth…between Me and you…” (Genesis 8:12-15)
A rainbow is a sign of hope, a sign of God’s covenant with us, a sign of God’s love.
Maybe we haven’t endured end-of-the world floods of apocalyptic proportions, but there are other kinds of floods that submerge us. Take grief, for instance.
Our precious Mama died a year after Papa. The year she died my brother Dwight and I could not bear being here at home for Thanksgiving without both of them. Instead, we spent that week traipsing around sunny Florida.
On Thanksgiving Day we plopped chairs down on a deserted stretch of New Smyrna Beach. Teary from the wind (yeah, right) talking about Mama and Papa, suddenly a rainbow appeared over the ocean.
It’s a strange thing how that rainbow lifted our spirits. We weren’t thinking about Noah, but it seemed like God’s banner over us saying: “You are going to be alright. I’ve got you in the palm of My hand. I AM bigger than the flood of tears swirling in your heart. Let the covenant of My love comfort you where it hurts. Trust Me, and do not be afraid.”
The next time you encounter a rainbow, remember God’s unsinkable Love that gives us courage to hope no matter how ferociously storms howl and tears flood our souls.
“Be still, my soul: Thy God doth undertake to guide the future as He has the past. Thy hope, thy confidence let nothing shake; all now mysterious shall be bright at last. Be still, my soul: the waves and winds still know His voice who ruled them while He dwelt below.” (Katharina von Schlegel)
Virginia : )