12 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: 13 I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth. 14 Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds, 15 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. 16 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 9:12-16
God often “speaks” to me through nature. Today I would like to tell you about how He speaks to me through rainbows.
When I gave my life to Christ on October 14, 2001 (read about that here), my mind was in a whirl and I was gripped with fear. Right after I finished praying, I was afraid of the sensation that I had in my body until the Lord told me that He was washing me from the inside out. Next, I was afraid of telling anyone about what I had done because I had been divorced twice and was pretty sure I was going to fail at keeping this relationship with Jesus also. Third, I was afraid of how my family would react to this news. Finally, I was specifically afraid of what my boyfriend, who was definitely NOT a believer, would think about my decision to follow Christ.
God in His grace met me right where I was. He didn’t let me keep my decision to myself. As my church family came around me to celebrate my decision, the Holy Spirit was talking my ears off and assuring me that He would never leave me, never forsake me. I was flooded with His infinite love for me and I began to understand that He would be with me as I told my family and my boyfriend this news that I was now so excited about that I could barely contain it.
When I left church that afternoon, the rain had stopped, but there were the thickest, blackest thunderheads I’d ever seen filling the skies. Suddenly, the sunshine broke through and a brilliant double rainbow appeared, accented by the black clouds. It was stunning!
“This is my promise to you,” I felt like He was saying to me.
Since that time, He has continued to use double rainbows to speak to me. He tends to send them at the most opportune times. They always encourage me.
One time I was taking a walk and talking with Him at a point in my life where I was weighed down with great difficulty. It had stormed earlier, and I looked up to see a rainbow against the thunderclouds. As I looked down again, I smiled and said silently to Him, “This reminds me of the rainbow you gave me the day I gave my life to You, only that one was a double.” We spent a couple of minutes reflecting on that wonderful day. Then He said, “Look up again,” so I did. To my amazement, He had made it a double rainbow! The heaviness lifted from me as I was reminded that He was with me always and that He would give me what I needed to handle the difficulty in my life.
Friends, you don’t have to have a double rainbow to know that God is with you. He tells us in His Word, “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” (Deuteronomy 31:6) That same promise that He made to Israel through Moses is available to you and me today. His Word is trustworthy and true, so you can bank on that promise that He has made to be there for you. Won’t you believe Him today?