Sunshine and blue skies. A reminder that there is an end to the rain, an end to the storms. God’s promise that He’s with us even in our darkest hours and the sun will shine again. After the great flood, God gave Noah the sign of a rainbow as His promise to never again flood the earth. A rainbow does give us that first glimmer of hope, a sign that there is indeed sunshine beyond the clouds, but it’s the sun and blue skies that reaffirm that promise for me – even if they only make a fleeting appearance.
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: I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and earth. Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds, 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.” – Genesis 9:12-15 (NIV)
Here in Texas, we’ve been literally living through a flood. A historic drought has been replaced by a historic flood. It seems like it’s been raining all year and we’ve barely seen any sunshine. So far this spring, we’ve had over 20 inches of rain, with more than half the days seeing rain. This month alone it’s rained 20 out of 26 days and there’s still more in the forecast.
The rain started as a blessing (we’ve been in a historic drought for years and desperately needed the rain), then became an annoyance with youth sports seasons cut short due to rainouts every weekend, playgrounds and sports fields too waterlogged to play, and mosquitos visibly thick in the air. However, the rains have now turned deadly and destructive, bringing tornados and devastating flooding. We’re reminded just how precious life is and how quickly too much of a good thing can become a problem.
But this morning, the sun is shining and the skies are blue. So, in this brief respite from the rain, I’m reminding myself that behind every storm is at least a little sunshine. The rains will clear, the sun will shine again, and God’s promises are always true.Behind every storm God brings at least a little sunshine. Click To Tweet
Maybe you’re living through a more figurative storm. Maybe the rains haven’t let up in your life for longer than you care to remember. Maybe what began as an annoyance or small problem has turned into much more. Maybe you’ve been caught by a sudden, raging storm that’s showing no signs of letting up.
“Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.” – Hebrews 10:23 (NIV)
Look around you for the rainbow and hold onto the glimmer of hope that rainbows mean the sun is somewhere behind those clouds.
Watch for the sun to shine again, even if only for a fleeting moment.
Pause and bask in its warmth. Enjoy the brightness of its light.
Hold onto hope and remember God is there with you in the storm, even when the skies seem dark.
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“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” – Joshua 1:9 (NIV)
Please take a minute to pray for all those suffering from the floods and other natural disasters – for those who have lost loved ones, homes, and businesses and for the first responders and search teams who do their best to keep us safe.