Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Looking for rainbows {finding the REAL treasure}

Rainbows are a thing of beauty.  I love to see them in the sky, and I love to use their colours in crochet! I have made various different items with those colours in them - they are always so cheery!  I have one, very special one, waiting to find a way to its new home....more about that another day.

I have had children, in the past, ask if we can go and find the end of the rainbow - to chase it down so we can be right next to it. Legends talk of pots of gold at the end of a rainbow, but of course, it's not true (if only!....)

A child, of course, doesn't always understand the concept of a rainbow.

There is science behind it, but the basics of it are simple.

You are standing in one spot, and the rainbow is there due to your situation.  You have to be near both rain and sun, and the direction of the sun in relation to the rain, makes a rainbow.  If you tried to chase it, those optimal circumstances would go, and the rainbow would disappear, too.

You caught that part, as you well know - you need RAIN and SUN.

Sun alone will not produce a rainbow, neither will rain.

The rainbow is a sign of God's promise - his covenant with Noah - that he will not destroy the earth with a flood again. We have come to think of it as a sign of God's promises, in a general sense.

He has given us SO many promises, in His Word. There are promises to suit every situation.

The thing is, we can't go chasing promises. We can't go making changes in our life, just because we don't like we we are now. We can't go looking for promises that don't suit the situation we are in RIGHT NOW.

Instead, we need to see the presence of the "Son", and find the "rainbow" for where we are right now.
Often, my children see the sun shining, whilst the rain is falling, and shout, excitedly

"Look for the rainbow! There has to be one!"

Such confidence in the laws of God's creation.

Do we have the same confidence in God's promises in our situation?

Where you are, RIGHT NOW, precious friends, is where you will see God's promises.  He is there, whilst the "rain" falls around, bringing trials and a feeling of gloom and darkness. God is with us always, giving us all we need.  If you look, right where you are, there will be a rainbow of promise, to give you hope and encouragement.

If God says "I will", he WILL.

If He says "I shall", he SHALL.

If He says "You will", you WILL.

"For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us."
II Corinthians 1:20

We can have confidence, no matter our situation, that God has promised us SOMETHING to help us in our time of need.  

 "There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus" - His Pardon

"Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee, because he trusteth in thee" - His Peace

"I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee" - His Presence

"He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength" - His Power

"we know that all things work together for good to them that love God" - His Perfect Purposes

The list goes on - whatever your struggle and trial - whatever hardship is "raining" down - there is a promise just for you, waiting to be seen and to bring you blessing.  Like my children, you just need to look for it.

Don't try and get to the bottom of it - don't try and run away from the rain - just accept it, and find the rainbow where you are.  

There's no pot of gold at the end of a rainbow. 

There IS a treasure to be found, in every circumstance that the Lord allows us to pass through. There are those "rainbow promises", that we can claim.  What a treasure there is - what a wealth of treasure - as we claim God's promises, in those rainy days.  

And, don't go LOOKING for the rain, either! God has given us promises that are ours ALWAYS! Be glad if it's just "Sonshine" in your life, right now - the rain WILL come, as it does for each one of us! When it does, the rainbow will be there somewhere. Whilst the "Son" shines, there is much to give thanks for, and be blessed in.

Give thanks for the rain, and watch as the Son shines on your day, spreads that bow in the sky, giving you promises which are yours to claim. 

1 comment :

  1. Such a beautiful thing, the rainbow - made *especially* beautiful because it reminds us of the One who is the Creator of all things beautiful.