Rainbows have became a significant symbol this year across the globe.
Since the first lockdown started in March, you may have noticed images of rainbows appearing on windows, mainly to cheer up passersby and also as a sign of thank you, solidarity and a symbol of hope.
My daughter Rebekah decided to put one up as well. Part of our daily routine would be a daily walk around the neighbourhood for some fresh air.
On one of my hardest days battling with everything mentally, we reluctantly went for a walk. To make it worse it started to rain. Just as we were taking a u-turn to escape the downpour, I saw a beautiful rainbow.
This time it was different.
It was against the darkest storm yet the rainbow was the most beautiful one I’ve seen. As I stood admiring this phenomenon (and taking pictures of it), I was struck by how often God’s love had shown itself to me in this way. It had come just in the right time, right in the midst of a stormy situation, helping me feel the presence of the divine love of God and bringing me a sense of healing and protection.
The sight of the rainbow was all I needed in order to know that the storm was passing and the sun would soon appear.
Rainbows are mentioned seven times in the Bible. They represent God’s promise to His people, surrounds the throne of Christ and symbolises the covenant of Grace.
The first rainbow was sent as a sign to Noah after the flood.
“He did not say “You shall remember My covenant to you”, instead He says “when I look upon the bow, I will remember the everlasting covenant” Genesis 9:14-15
It was built upon God’s everlasting memory and His covenant laying upon us, not our laying upon His covenant.
God never forgets His promises even when we forget.
He remembered Abraham and brought Lot out from being killed. He remembered Rachel and Hannah by blessing them to conceive children. And He remembered Israel’s sufferings and brought them out of slavery. We may sometimes feel that God has forgotten our prayers. However, God doesn’t forget our prayers, even when we do.
Fun fact about rainbows : Do you know that rainbows can make a whole circle of light in the sky? But it’s a very rare sight. Sky conditions have to be just right for this, and even if they are, the bottom part of a full-circle rainbow is usually blocked by your horizon. That’s why we see rainbows not as circles, but as arcs across our sky! But they’re most often seen by pilots, who have a good view of the sky from above.
Just like the full circled rainbow, although we can’t see the full story of what we are going through just yet, from God’s vantage above He sees it all and He knows it all. He sees the promises and fulfilment all at once.
For our life is like a rainbow- the multi coloured banner of Christ, that is full of God’s promises!
Written by Cynthia Smith (Hope City Newcastle) as part of the SHE IS Collective Blog Series