It is a melancholy kind of day. The rain is pouring down and the sunshine is hiding its face for the most part. I do not necessarily despise a rainy day. I enjoy hearing the water drops on the roof, it is relaxing.
I was sitting here thinking about tragedy vs. victory. How so many times in the midst of a victory, the storm will peak his head out. Or in the midst of a storm, the sunshine will show up. Why is that? I remember a time in my life that the greatest of events were taking place. The sun was shining brightly and I felt the favor of God in my life. However, at the very same time God was answering prayers little storms would roll in. I wanted to celebrate the blessings and I would find myself tearful from the storm. Talk about a rollercoaster of emotion.
I look back on those days, and see how God’s hand and plan prevailed at the end of the day. All the while my heart would stay heavy, He left signs all through those few years that He was fighting for us. I am thankful today for those signs. I may have had to experience the storms to teach me but He always provided a sign to show me He was right there, all the time.
This morning I was thinking about the rainbow. God sent a rainbow to signify his covenant between Him and earth, “And God said, “This is the sign of the covenant I am making between Me and you and every living creature with you, a covenant for all generations to come: I have set My rainbow in the clouds, and it will be a sign of the covenant between Me and the earth. Whenever I form clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will remember My covenant between Me and you and all living creatures: Never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all life.…(Genesis 9:12-15)
The rainbow signifies God’s promises to us. Did you know that you cannot see a rainbow without the sun and the rain? Without the victory and the pain? Wiki explains a rainbow like this: A rainbow is a meteorological phenomenon that is caused by reflection, refraction and dispersion of light in water droplets resulting in a spectrum of light appearing in the sky. It takes the form of a multicoloured circular arc. Rainbows caused by sunlight always appear in the section of sky directly opposite the sun. Rainbows can be full circles.(en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rainbow)
The “meteorological phenomenon” can be better named “A God Thing”. Without the sunshine and the rain, we would know no promise. How do you come to “know”? I believed when I was taught by my momma, there is a God. I have come to KNOW through experience. An experience that keeps growing broader and broader each day. He has allowed me the promise of the Holy Ghost, He protects me, He keeps me, He guides me each and every day. Through out my life I have seen His hand pick me up, mentally, financially and physically. I first believed and now I know. Oh, let me just tell you, to come to the place of “know”, I had to endure some rain. The scriptures tell me, “And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” (2 Corinthians 12:9) What a rainbow, what a promise. I would never come to understand His strength, if it hadn’t been for my weakness. I would never come to understand His grace, if it hadn’t been for my shortcomings.
The promises of God are true and amen! Do not despise the rain. Do not spend precious time questioning the motives of God. Do allow His promises to shine through your tragedy, your pain, your storm. There you will find the promise, the rainbow….there is where His power will rest and His glory will shine through your life. Let His light reflect through your tears to signify to the world His promises are true and amen.