Thursday, July 31, 2008

A rainbow of fire and promise



After an early evening thunderstorm, a beautiful covered the lake. Here is just a fraction of the beautiful show, nature's best reflection of divine glory. :-)

In taking the photo and worshiping under the grand, vaulted canopy, storm in distance and sun in the West... clouds and rainbow fire over the lake... I was reminded of these words of God from Genesis chapter nine:

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 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. Never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all life. 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."

So God said... "This is the sign of the covenant I have established between me and all life on the earth."

The time of destructive flood is past. Life will begin again. See the sign, and live, Live, my friend! Even now the waters recede, and you are called to your true part... sing, dance, trust!

Alleluia.

Selah.

2 comments:

Allen Patterson said...

Over the years, folks have asked me why there have continued to be physical floods after this beautiful covenant sign. I usually reply that the sign was a covenant that "never again will the waters become a flood to destroy ALL life."

Yet recently I've realized that this covenant was not only physical, but deeply spiritual. It is a covenant from Jehovah that signifies a new journey, a new destiny, a new creation, a promise of new roles and new rules.

And I'm wondering... if God sets such beautiful "reminders" for himself, whether we would be wise to adopt the same? See the rainbow and know that it signifies our own new journey, our Sovereign Creator who is bringing to pass His destiny in our becoming True.

"This 'bow's for you, bro!"

Anonymous said...

I think the reminders are for us -- God's sign to us: the larger point still holds; namely, that we are to see the rainbow after the storm and see the Covenant grace of God: the grace of new beginnings!

It's a very Christian thing to see the rainbow and stop and pray to the Covenant God: thank you!

And thanks for the bow! I love you but you can't have my bow-lite! :-)

:-)