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What if this promise is true?

By July 26, 2017January 27th, 2023One Comment
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What if this promise is true? It was a cool morning. Partly cloudy with dark clouds swiftly moving over the western mountains. Odd really for this time of year.

But the weather was weird this year.

Showers in the morning when they normally come in the afternoon.

Puddles on the pavement in an arid climate.

How it felt

As she left home for an early morning appointment, heading west across the spine of the Divide, she planned the rest of her day.

  • Doctor’s appointment
  • Meet with Susie at 10:30 a.m.
  • Laundry
  • Coaching call at 2:00 p.m.
  • Pick up husband’s dry cleaning

Suddenly, there, in the northwestern sky, was a beautiful rainbow. Stunning against the darkening clouds.

Then, there were two!

Two rainbows—one a mirror of the other.

“We never get rainbows in the western sky,” she thought. “This is odd.”

And then she remembered.

God made a promise to Noah and the entire human race in Genesis 9:

Then God spoke to Noah and his sons: “I’m setting up my covenant with you including your children who will come after you, along with everything alive around you—birds, farm animals, wild animals—that came out of the ship with you….that never again will everything living be destroyed by floodwaters.”…God continued, “This is the sign of the covenant I am making between me and you and everything living around you and everyone living after you. I’m putting my rainbow in the clouds, a sign of the covenant between me and the Earth. From now on, when I form a cloud over the Earth and the rainbow appears in the cloud, I’ll remember my covenant between me and you and everything living, that never again will floodwaters destroy all life. When the rainbow appears in the cloud, I’ll see it and remember the eternal covenant between God and everything living, every last living creature on Earth.

Thinking about this covenant promise from God made millennia ago, she thought about the request she was waiting for God to answer.

“If God has kept this promise, this covenant, for the last several millennia, then surely He’ll keep His promise to me,” she whispered. “I won’t be the first person with whom He’ll choose to break His promise.”

With renewed faith, she arrived at her appointment.

Where Is Your Hope?

A new confidence that God would keep His promise.
A smile.
Hope renewed.

What are you trusting God for today? Are you struggling to believe that God will keep His promise to you?

Perhaps it’s been years you’ve been praying for a child to return home.

Maybe your marriage is rocky and you’re not sure you have the strength to go on.

Perhaps you have been without work for way too long and don’t see any prospects on the horizon.

Whatever the issue is, hold on. Remember God’s promise in the rainbow. He’s not going to choose you to be the first one with whom He breaks His promise.

What do you think? Can you trust this God who renews His covenant with Earth every time you see a rainbow? Leave a comment below.

If you need help, please reach out. I promise to listen without judgment and help you take the next step.

  • Kirsten D Samuel

    Passionately pointing others to God’s redeeming grace, I empower women to heal their broken hearts, regain their confidence, and create a healthy path forward.