The Promise

 October 7, 2014

“Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth.” -Genesis 9:16

I seem to have been seeing a lot of rainbows lately. Saw a couple of beautiful ones during the Gathering…also several that weekend around home. And while modern science tells us how these appear (has to do with refraction and reflection – I’m sure Bill Mankin can explain it to us!), Scripture gives us a clue as to God’s purpose in creating the rainbow for us to see.

That purpose really has to do with God’s promise to bless us.   In the Genesis passage the promise is of course about God’s promise to never destroy the earth by flood… comets, meteors, nuclear detonations and other human made disasters…maybe. But not by flood!

Okay, so I’m being a little facetious. The rainbow is a primordial promise that God desires his best for us despite the difficulties we face. This promise manifests itself in multiple ways in our “mythologies”.  For example, consider the leprechaun and the pot of gold. Is not this at its heart a promise to bless? Indeed, to the chagrin of some, the Gay and Lesbian movement has latched onto this primordial image to express their hope of “equality” as a promise (not a political statement for or against this movement– merely an observation). So too commercial marketers – from Lucky Charms to Rainbow Pony- have used the symbol to promise health, fun, joy…


And this promise is innate the physics itself. Rainbows occur in the midst of or immediately after a storm of some sort, may be mild or may be powerful. The ever present sun shines through the remnants of the storm to create the rainbow, the promise that despite the clouds, the wind and the rain, the sun is still shining down on earth.

So too, despite the storms of life and the cold rains of disappointment we occasionally bear, The Son continues to shine into our lives. It is a promise God made long ago.

Prayer: Thank you God for the promise to walk with us, the fulfillment of that promise through the Son and the Holy Spirit. Help us to see the rainbows in times of discouragement and walk on in the full confidence of your love. Amen.

(Steve & Deb going 4-Wheeling)

Rev. Dr. Steve Van Ostran
ABCRM Executive Minister

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