June 2017 update: I was chatting with my sister this evening when I saw another perfect rainbow — reminiscent of the heavenly arc that prompted this post almost five years ago. I recalled that painful day and poignant memory and couldn’t help but smile. Life is so very different now. So much pain has resolved. The pathway is bright. Hope has been restored. God has proved faithful, again and again.
~ René Morley
This was one of those rare, complete rainbows — end to end, over the river. It appeared just when I needed it, my heart heavy and burdened. It’d been a long day of deep thinking, difficult conversations, but no real solutions. Oh, for just a bit of encouragement, please? And there it was, stretching through my autumn afternoon, piercing the dark, churning clouds before setting down in a bright band of sunlight. Immediately, my spirits lifted.
Do rainbows work that way for you? I suppose it’s all in your belief system. A rainbow reminds me that a loving heavenly Father promises to care for his own. When I see that translucent arc of color crest the horizon, I recall a promise and claim it. There are hundreds* to choose from, woven into scripture as threads in an ancient tapestry. On this day, I claimed hope and healing for someone I love dearly.
Sometimes we’ve traveled far from that time when we basked in the warmth of God’s love, relaxed into the pleasure of his grace. That place of trust, so sure in our faith, may be a distant memory. We wonder, “Did it exist, ever? Can I go back, ever?” We are plodding along an uneven path; our way seems dark, our plight uncertain. We might be hurt and angry, perhaps only a half-step from bitter. Sometimes we are just sad. Or oh, so lonely.
We think no one can truly understand or fully appreciate our anguish or burden. And we are right. Except for One. And He keeps promises in all things.
Look up. Look up! It’s your rainbow, too.
For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you hope and a future. (Jeremiah 29:11)
Praise the Lord!
How good to sing praises to our God!
How delightful and how fitting!
He heals the brokenhearted
and bandages their wounds.
How great is our Lord! His power is absolute!
His understanding is beyond comprehension!
The Lord’s delight is in those who fear him,
those who put their hope in his unfailing love. (Psalm 147:1,3,5,11)
May the God of hope fill you with joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope… (Romans 15:13) Hope, overflowing. I love that sentiment. It sounds like a rainbow to me!
*Receive an uplifting promise a day or select one that speaks to you now. There are many promise resources to encourage us but we are reminded, “It is helpful to review God’s promises with a heart of trust and gratitude.” So true! If you are not in that space, spend more time with those with who are. Sometimes we have to lean on others — borrow faith, so to speak — until our own increases.