Rainbows

There are events that we remember very vividly, and very often. There are events that we remember, after something reminds us of it. Then there are events we don’t remember at all.

One of the events that I think of often, and can still see vividly in my mind, even after almost 2 1/2 years, is the moment when the nurse told me that my husband’s heart had stopped beating, and that they weren’t able to revive him, no matter how hard they tried. I remember the look of the room, how my heart temporarily stopped at her words, the rush of emotion, and the crushing feeling as I felt the weight of the situation. This is one of those moments I don’t think I will ever forget.

Then there’s the memory that prompted this post. It’s the second type. One that I don’t think about, unless I am prompted by a conversation or visual. This particular memory was brought to me by a daily flashback on social media.

As I think about it, I remember the day well. It was a Thursday morning and I was driving to Bible study in the rain, as a tropical depression was moving through my area. It was only a little over a year after the passing of my husband, so I was still trying to figure out life again. Daily my feelings and grief wavered. Trying to raise 2 pre-teen girls, trying to make sure they are handling their grief okay, while taking on all responsibilities of life, and trying to deal with my own grief made for emotionally draining days. A popular Christian song was playing on the radio…

“If your eyes are on the storm you’ll wonder if I love you still. But if your eyes are on the cross you know I always have and I always will.”

While I am listening to this song, and singing along during the drive, something in the sky catches my attention. There was a rainbow in the clouds, on this rainy morning!

The symbol for God’s promise in the middle of the storm!

Even though God used the rainbow as a promise to never flood the earth again, it is widely recognized as a reminder of God’s promise to us. A reminder of His covenant.

“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.” Genesis 9:13-15a

We know that the Lord is faithful to what he has promised.

“Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful.” Hebrews 10:23

 “The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do it.” 1 Thessalonians 5:24

“The Lord always keeps his promises; he is gracious in all he does.” Psalm 145:13b

How fitting. It was a God wink and a reminder for me. God was saying, “Where is your focus? Is it on the storm? Or is it in me?”

The song continues with “Not a tear is wasted. In time you’ll understand. I’m painting beauty with the ashes. Your life is in my hands.”

What a beautiful picture of the promise God had made.

As the song continued, the rainbow slowly faded away. God sent that rainbow just for that song, to remind me that He see’s me. From that day on, I started looking for the rainbow, God’s promise, in the midst of the storm.

What about you, will you look for God’s rainbow in the middle of your storm?

One thought on “Rainbows

  1. Brandy thank you for inviting us into your worst day. I can’t even imagine what that was like but you describe it in a way that causes one to feel the devastation of that moment. In that context your picture of the rainbow is all the more powerful. My favorite line: “How fitting. It was a God wink and a reminder for me. God was saying, “Where is your focus? Is it on the storm? Or is it in me?” The “God wink” is such a beautiful description of the personal and knowing Father seeing us in our dark places. Great work friend. Keep writing!

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