I have nothing deep today. (I’m also a day late, but we won’t discuss that.) Instead, I have a picture to go with the verse that spoke to me in Genesis 9.
Genesis 9: 12-16 (GWT)–And God said, “This is the sign of the covenant I am making between me and you and every living creature with you, a covenant for all generations to come: I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth. Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds, 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.”
Where I live, rainbows are not rare occurrences. They are not daily occurrences by any means, but to see two or three dim ones a year is not unheard of. Still, to see something like this photo makes my knees weak with awe at God:
Last April, that was the view from my back deck. If you walked onto my front porch, you saw the other end, clear as could be, visible even through the trees. You can see it if you look on this photo as well. It was so close we could touch it. It lasted half an hour. Little girl and I could not stop looking at it. Even better, it was visible to our friends fifteen miles away and possibly even further than that. A perfectly arced, clearly visible, incredibly lasting double rainbow.
A double rainbow one year after large chunks of Middle Tennessee lay under unprecedented floodwaters.
A double rainbow after months of crazy snow and even stranger tornado warnings.
A double rainbow after the storm of a very long season in our lives.
Oh, how I needed to know that God is God and is still and always there. His promise, His reminder. It was like a love letter painted across the sky. Even now, it brings tears to my eyes.
Every time I read Genesis 9 and every time I see a rainbow, I am struck by God’s truth and His promises, His existence and His eternity, His faithfulness and His love.
Oh, He is so good. So, so very good.