A Double Rainbow of Presence
Revelation 4:2At once I was in the Spirit, and I saw a throne standing in heaven, with someone seated on it. 3The One seated there looked like jasper and carnelian, and a rainbow gleaming like an emerald encircled the throne.
Genesis 9:13 I have set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth.
“Sometimes we need a double rainbow!” Daniel exclaimed after having a rough afternoon of missing Jonathan.Â “God really loves me.” We pulled off the road to take pictures. When our lives are filled with storms it can be hard to remember they will not last forever.Â We long for God to reinforce his presence, promise and provision. One rainbow, simply is not enough.
Head knowledge does not suffice when you are in prison, abused, grieving, sick, struggling deeply to overcome sin. Please hear me! Like any child needs to hear the words “I love you”,Â even thoughÂ they may not have the feeling to match, we consistently need reminders that God loves us. We are learning to correctly interpretÂ God’s ways and because he doesn’t operate inside our box we can interpret our circumstances as punishment. Only when we accept His love as irrefutable fact, allowingÂ Christ to make his passion for us a part of our being, do we stop being tossed around like ragdolls when the circumstances change.
In 10 days my son dies. Those are the circumstances of July 1st. My husband is very ill. My daughter and son have dietary issues. Those are the current circumstances of my day to day. I am learning that “even ifÂ __________”, God loves me. Look for the never the lesses”Â and “therefores” in scripture, because what follows is God!
Rainbows are a never the less symbol of his overwhelming love for us. A double leaves no doubt. Scripture is filled with men and women who needed a second sign to confirm that God held their circumstances and would bring good out their brokenness. Abraham, Sara, Moses, Gideon, Joshua, Naomi, Jonah, Esther, Mary, Peter, Thomas, Paul, the list is endless. In almost allÂ cases these mighty heroes of scriptureÂ came to a place whereÂ they obeyed God no matter what! So look for your rainbows and discover how trustworthy God is!
Knowing that God is with us in both our valley and our mountaintop, gives us peace, as we seek help in his Word.
Yes, this was Paul’s “secret” to contentment. Thanks for commenting.