I grew up in Little Rock Arkansas, and I gotta tell you, I love Arkansas. I love the people. I love the scenery. I love everything you can do there, but I don't remember seeing any rainbows. When we moved out to Colorado for the first summer in 2001, I remember a little rain shower moving through and the all the kids were looking up in the sky with their cameras pointed to the clouds. I thought to myself, "What in the world is going on up there?" Expecting to see some kind of alien craft hovering over the camp.
I looked up in the sky, and say this beautiful rainbow arching over two mountain ranges. It was INCREDIBLE. Of course I'd heard of rainbows. I saw them on television. And there was even a cereal I ate every morning, Lucky Charms, with a rainbow and a leprechaun on the front. But this was the first one I had ever seen in person.
Remember the first rainbow in the Bible? It's found in Genesis 9, right after Noah and his family got off the ark. 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." (Genesis 9:12-16)
It's a sign of God's promise to His people. It's a covenant God provides for us to know that He is still in charge, and He won't leave us again.
When I looked up in the sky and saw the brilliant colors, I just stood there in awe. What an awesome God we serve.
The rainy season is in full swing out here in Colorado.
This morning, as I was taking my kids to school, I saw another rainbow.
WOW…I'm so excited to be living inside God's promise.
Tomorrow, Genesis 10. See you there!