Remembering the Rainbow

Rainbows.  I’ve seen a lot of them this past year.  On flags waving in protest at prayer rallies.  In lights projected on the White House.  The real thing parading across the sky.

Perhaps God was thinking even of this time in history when He told us that He Himself remembers something when He sees a rainbow in the sky (Genesis 9).  He remembers a promise He made to every living thing on the earth.  When He sees the rainbow-His bow-in the Heavens, it is a reminder to Him (and to us) that He will never again destroy the world with flood waters.

Imagine the assurance such a sight provided those in the early generations after the flood.  Whenever the sky would fill with clouds, lightening, and the first droplets started toward the ground or when bangs thundered through the air, those descendants of Noah could confidently look to the sky for a reminder of God’s holding back.  How comforting for them!  How reassuring for us.

When I was a little one and I’d see news reports of  flooding, my young mind couldn’t grasp the “worldwide” idea….why was God allowing this kind of hurt, destruction, and desperation when He said He wouldn’t?  And then, a patient adult would explain (likely over and over again to the nervous little child I was) about the vastness of the flood of which God had been speaking.  No more worldwide destruction due to a flood.

These days, the same nervous little child in a grown-up body looks around, and I am frightened by my surroundings.  I again see hurt, destruction, and desperation.  Probably much like the days of Noah.

And at times a rainbow flag is present.  Honestly, (what I pray is) a righteous indignation wells up within myself when I see the hijacking of my symbol of a promise.  When loved ones of mine identify with that rainbow pride movement, I struggle.  But then I attach the flag to the face of the flag waver.  I look into their eyes.  Is my anger for their taking a sacred symbol of a promise somehow reflected in my eyes?  Is my pride reflected in their eyes as care for their souls?  Does the reflection cast look anything like love?

And I am convicted that it’s not my symbol but God’s, and He is a tremendously big God.  He is a God who does see souls perfectly, a holy righteous anger and merciful love all together.

I look to the heavens for comfort, and I am once again reminded that days of hurt, destruction, and desperation were to come and are not yet over.  And so I plead, “Send us, the whole world, a modern-day ark, Lord.”

Could it be that I can look at rainbows, wherever they may be found and claim that as my comfort?  Can I be reminded of the care God provided for Noah’s family?  That He provided an ark as a source of protection for them?  Can I confidently look to the heavens when I see a rainbow and claim that same promise for my family in this time that resembles the days of Noah?  Can I claim an ark for myself?  Yes, He gently reminds me that He has already sent a different kind of ark, His own Son, to save souls from a different kind of coming destruction.

From thus forward, I will choose to see the rainbow in its original intent from its Creator.  I choose to see the rainbow as a reminder of protection for those who loved God and who love God.  It will remind me of an ark that carried them through and of a Savior who saved my soul.

And I will remember in prayer the face behind the flag waver….because of the assurance we can have in Jesus for salvation, not from flood waters but from fire.

God, thank You for the reminder of the rainbow.

 

 

 

 

 

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Quiet Enough

Stop planning,

Stop doing,

Even. . .

Stop dreaming

 

Finally I was quiet enough. . .

 

To hear,

To listen,

And then. . .

To respond

 

So I could

Plan,

Do, and

Dream

 

 

On Waiting

God doesn’t “need” me.  He wants me.

I don’t need to do some things for God.  I want to do some thing for Him…

Because I love Him.

But, I must wait.

Wait for His leading.

This waiting is as much about obedience

As is doing.

He doesn’t need me.

He wants me.

I am as valuable to Him

Just waiting

As I am

In doing.

(Inspired by Oswald Chambers’ May 18th devotional entry in My Utmost For His Highest.)

 

A Prayer Regarding Education

Our holy, all-knowing God:

We thank You for the freedoms we have in America and in our state to educate our children as we as parents see fit. We recognize, however, that with freedom comes great responsibility. We repent for abdicating that responsibility on many occasions–not merely delegating but relinquishing the role of training up our children (Proverbs 22:6, Ephesians 6:4, Colossians 3:21). Rather than courageously stand for righteousness (Ephesians 6:13-14), we confess that at times we’ve only stood by, allowing our children to walk in the counsel of the ungodly, to stand in the way of sinners, and to sit in the seat of mockers (Psalm 1:1).”

We are told to teach Your truth when we sit in our house, when we walk, when we lie down, and when we rise up (Deuteronomy 6, 7:8-10, Exodus 20:5-6, Numbers 14:18) so that our children would remember Your mighty works…

That they would know You, Originator of all school subjects…

  • the infinite Source of mathematics,
  • the omnipotent Inventor of the sciences,
  • the orderly Designer of health and physical education,
  • the Master Architect of history,
  • the reliable Developer of civics and economics,
  • the omnipresent Creator of geography,
  • the omniscient Author–the Logos–of language,
  • and the Creative Genius behind the arts.

In all these fields, You are, truly, the Alpha and the Omega, the One Who perfectly demonstrates unity in diversity.

Protect our nation’s children–their minds, their bodies, and their souls–and watch over those who teach them (James 3:1, 17). Lord, we do not want to hinder children from coming to You (Matthew 19:14, Luke 18:16), and we do not want to cause the little ones who trust in You to stumble (Matthew 18:6, Luke 17:2). Therefore let us be a light to the hurting, a loving force for change in educational systems rather than allowing the culture of the system to change us:  our children and our nation. Remind us that we are not wrestling with people but against powers and principalities (Ephesians 6:12).

Give us the desire to seek knowledge, and grant us the understanding, discernment, and wisdom to properly apply it (Job 28:28, Psalm 111:10, Proverbs 9:10, Ecclesiastes 7:12, James 1:5). We pray for the fortitude to glorify You in all things, in teaching and in learning.

Help us rise to the task You’ve given us. We humble ourselves before You, our Lord and Savior. In the strong name of Jesus Christ we pray,

AMEN.

To Be Loved

Wanting to be loved

In any or every way

Not knowing where to go

Or what to do or say

 

Wishing you had a life

Past the black shadows of fate

Hoping someday your mind

Would eventually turn from hate

 

Just open up your arms

And trust that He’ll care

He’ll turn your life around

To salvation from despair