Rainbows stop me in my tracks. Once I have spotted one, I cannot take my eyes off of it until it has disappeared. I love the visual reminder that God always keeps His promises. God made a covenant with Noah that he would never again destroy all life with a flood. And in his loving providence, he gave us a beautiful reminder of that promise. But, to me – it’s so much more than a promise to never again destroy the earth by a flood. To me, it’s a reminder that God is in complete control, paying attention to every detail and taking care of his Creation. It’s as if God is saying “I’m here. I’m always here – even when you forget, or worse yet – you think I’ve abandoned you. I care about what is worrying you right now and I want you to know that I’m here to comfort you”.
Yesterday, I was fretting over all that I wanted to accomplish this weekend. I’m struggling to get organized as we prepare to put our house on the market. We have felt God’s call for us to make this move…although we have no idea where we will end up. I am excited to see what he has in store for us, but I find myself worrying about things that I know I have no control over (as if I have control over anything). I begin to question whether or not we are really doing what God wants us to do – “God are you really there? Is this really what you want? Are we in your will or trying to be in control?” And, then I walked outside to get something from my car (which I have decided is really more like my purse – everthing is in it and I can never find anything) and God stopped me in my tracks. A double rainbow was painted across the sky. It was so beautiful that I ran in the house to get my camera and decided to see what it looked like from the back yard. To my delight, I could see the entire arc, unobstructed by trees or clouds. And from where I stood, it appeared as if my house was at the end of the rainbow. Yes, God is here. He is taking care of all the details and he knew that I needed a visual reminder of it at that moment.