As I drove to work on this overcast, dreary, drizzly day, there were brief flashes of light. The sun winked teasingly at me through the blustery clouds then scampered off to hide playfully.
You know those times; you finally succeed at pulling your sunglasses out and put them on, just as the clouds envelop the bright rays. You hear stifled sounds of laughter emanating from the brightness as you are caught sitting in the shadows sporting dark glasses and looking quite absurd.
You can imagine my relief as I turned the car onto a long stretch of road where the sun, if it dare show its beaming face again, would be forced to remain in my rear-view-mirror …and not place me in its blinding glare!
Many miles ahead I could see quite a storm transpiring. As I gazed at the bands of falling rain, the sky behind me opened, the bright rays cutting through the darkness and settling upon the falling rain, exposing a vast rainbow, and as quickly as it appeared, it was gone.
I almost wondered if anyone else had seen it. It was not a magnificent rainbow; it appeared almost wisp-like, vaguely revealing color or arch, and unveiled itself at only a specific angle, direction, for a few fleeting moments…
But as I stared, I considered these words:
“…he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion….” Philippians 1:6
As I reflected upon that verse, I found it quite odd that it came to mind in the presence of this rainbow.
I have seen many rainbows in my lifetime, and have been in awe at the amazing beauty and creative genius of my Lord and Savior. And every time, have been reminded of the promise God made to Noah;
“I have set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth. When I bring clouds over the earth and the bow is seen in the clouds, I will remember my covenant that is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh. And the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh.” Genesis 9:13-15
…but not this time.
I didn’t think of Noah.
This time it was a promise to me; a promise that God has a plan for me, for my life, for my passions and desires. He has given me all the tools I need and as long as I seek Him and His will first, He promised He will finish what He has started in me.
Perhaps when a rainbow is seen, it’s not just a reminder of what God did for Noah, but maybe it’s a promise for someone special. Maybe He’s speaking directly to someone’s heart.
Maybe He’s speaking to yours.
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11