For those of us who are familiar with many of the stories in the Bible, when we see a rainbow the story of Noah and the flood often comes to mind. In that story, God places the rainbow in the clouds as a sign, signifying the promise of hope and not destruction for all that has life.
Inspired by this story, many take sighting a rainbow as a general reminder of God’s love and promises.
Driving along Gee Road in northern Tioga County I noticed a bow materializing in the fog to my left. I hit the brakes for a closer look, and sure enough a faint yet distinctive rainbow had formed. As I gazed upon it, my heart filled with joy and thankfulness, my mind wandered to the story of Israel during the time of the Babylonian exile when God is said to have spoken these words through the prophet Jeremiah: “I know the plans I have for you says the Lord; plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” (Jeremiah 29:11)
As I gazed upon the foggy rainbow I could feel these words spoken into my heart... “I know the plans I have for you...for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”
Now, I’ve seen many a crisp and vivid rainbow; but there was something special, mysterious, and relatable about this one.
What I mean is, how often is it that we express our trust in God’s promises while the path before us is yet unclear?
Whether we are trying to figure out our life’s purpose or just our next faithful step...while traveling through the land of thick fog God is with us and God has good plans for each of us and for all of us as we seek to live into community with all that has life in Jesus’ name.