Waiting for the Rainbow

13 I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth. 14Whenever 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 9:13-16

We have heard the saying “when it rains it pours.” Churches pray for the rain of heaven to fall. We all prayed for it to rain on California and Australia. We have had it rain on our parades. Some have experienced flooded homes. Sometimes we ask for the rain and other times we wish it would stop. But every time after a rain there is a rainbow. Sometimes we have to look hard to find it but it’s there.

I feel like I am waiting to see my rainbow at the end of this downpour. It has been over a year that I have been without a kitchen. It’s been a long time since I have been able to sit down for a meal at my own kitchen table. It has been so long I have almost given up looking for my rainbow.

With each passing day I feel like my boat is drifting farther and farther away from home. I am learning to be content in my circumstances with the key word being “learning”. My days of being frustrated are turning into “Gods Got This” and “But God”, however there are days when the thunder is loud and the lightening is blinding. Sometimes I just lay here in the silence of my basement wondering if my house will ever be a place of refuge.

So today I find this random fortune cookie while preparing my frozen food for microwaving. As I crushed the cookie to find the hidden message I felt tears falling as I read the message, “If you want the rainbow you have to tolerate the rain.” Now I’m not one to take what a fortune cookie says to the bank but this one spoke to me.

The hidden message to me was this is just a rain storm. It is gonna end. I just need to stay in my boat. I need to find peace between the rain drops. I have to believe God when He says the rainbow is coming. My time away from shore exposes my broken heart. It highlights my feelings of abandonment. Yet it also heighthens my awareness of my need for Jesus everyday.

So today I find myself wondering when will the rainbow appear for me? Here we are in the middle of a world crisis with so many other things to focus on. Yet I know my house is important to God even when I have begun to lose hope. After the rain He promised me a rainbow. Right now for me it is all about remaining calm while God moves my mountain.

Oh how sweet it will be to see the strands of color God places in an archway in the sky just for me when this storm is over. Oh how much sweeter my praise will be! Until that rainbow appears I will sing. I will trust. I will wait.

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