Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Rain, Bow

"I set My bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a sign" (Gen. 9:13).

Sunday evening, March 25, several dozen Christians from various denominations gathered near an abortion clinic to pray.  It had been raining since afternoon.  I considered how the weather would probably keep people from coming.  Then, just minutes before the prayer service was to begin, the rain stopped, and then a spectacular rainbow!  I couldn't believe the timing!  We were permitted, even required, to take it as a sign, for that is what God said it would be.  And He blessed our time of prayer.

Afterward, a wise woman pointed out to me the simple but deep lesson: Without the rain, we could not have received the rainbow.  No rain, no rainbow.  What appeared to be a damper was the necessary prelude to joy.  Bear this in mind and heart as you wait out the rain in your life.  God will set His bow in the cloud at just the right time.  In some cases, such as the death of a child or spouse, that time will be in heaven.

I'm no expert, but I suspect God does most of His teaching in the rain, and then uses the rainbow to refresh us and encourage us to apply the lessons learned.

Have no doubt that your heavenly Father loves you!