Genesis 9:13 I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth.
The girls and I have really been sincerely praying for God to show us a rainbow. This may seem silly to some but this really was a big deal for for them since they have never actually seen one in the sky.
For weeks now when a storm was coming we would start praying, watching, waiting, just anticipating his beauty to be shown. Even tough the conditions seemed to be just right the result was nothing. We saw rainbows everywhere but Up! In photos, cartoons, stickers, shirts, just everywhere. Even yesterday I bought a purse with a cross on the front, got it to the car, laid it in the seat and the sunlight hit the crystals just right and hundreds of rainbows projected all over the car. The girls when wild!!! It started becoming funny! I would say each time “Lord, thank-you but that is not what I asked for. My sincere prayer was…” then I would re explain my prayer as if he was not aware or he misunderstood. Have you ever done that?
Doubt started moving in. Maybe he is not hearing my prayers. Maybe this is just silly to be asking. But God laid it on my heart to look at my prayer in a different light. Look at it like the healing that I have been asking for Allison’s battle with diabetes. How God? How does this relate? His response was more beautiful than I could imagine on my own.
Over these few weeks he has been showing me all kinds of rainbows. Not what I wanted or expected but just what he was providing. Just like he is bringing healing in ways like a sweet touch from soul who has battled it for 40 years, or an encouraging word from a new found friend who’s daughter has the same battle, in the medicines that have only been out for a short time, or the deeper prayer life as a result. Psalm 103:3 tell us that Christ is the one “Who forgives all your iniquities; who heals all your diseases;” Do we see him working in our life showing his beauty and healing in many ways? So I say to the Lord, “Yes Lord, I see but you have not shown me the Glory that I asked for”. 2 Corinthians 12:9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. “ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me”.
Every time I would respond, he would point me back to his word. What about the story of the disciples in John 9:2-3 “Rabbi, who sinned that this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” Jesus answered, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but that the works of God should be revealed in him”. Deep down I have been thinking have I done something wrong for this to be sent on my family? Have you ever been there? God hears our prayers and is the High Priest of our confession Hebrews 4:14. I am learning that it is not always right to direct punishment.
He then spoke to my heart and told me to write this testimony for all so that it may be a blessing to others. So I say “But God, you have not completely healed her yet” or better yet “God you have not revealed your glory yet” his response: Hebrews 11:6 “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.” And I promise you has sure as I’m setting here right now when we were leaving last night from dinner, I looked up and out of the east to our amazement a beautiful rainbow coming down out of the clouds. Praise God!!! I nearly caused Mike to have a wreck with my shear excitement. The girls were going crazy. He blows my mind!!!! And then he spoke again Matthew 8:26 Oh yea of little faith… Why did I doubt. Why did I not see that he was teaching me something so much deeper and more meaningful?
He cares about the little things in our life. Just like this rainbow I believe when her healing comes that thousands will be able to share in seeing Gods ultimate beauty revealed. We are given a promise and hope in Christ. He is our silver lining behind every dark storm cloud in our life.
Where is your rainbow you are praying for?
May the Lord Bless You.