When God Says “Hello,” Part 4

Today, I am grateful for rainbows! Allow me to explain.

I’ve seen more rainbows in the past week than I have in the past several years (confession time: The photo for today’s post is not one of my own. I usually try to use own images, but snapping a photo of a rainbow is harder than it looks!). Each time I came across a rainbow, I was in the car, focused on getting to my destination. Invariably, I’d look up, and off in the distance, I’d spy the remains of a rainbow!

This happened for several days in a row. Again, each time it happened, I was in the car; the rainbow would appear briefly, only to disappear moments later.

On Rainbow Day 2, I was delighted to glimpse the rainbow off in the distance, and I smiled. I realized that rainbows make me happy and give me a sense of peace.

On Rainbow Day 3, I determined that this was no coincidence. When I saw the rainbow, I murmured softly, “Hello, God!” and went about my business.

On Rainbow Day 4, I was no longer surprised when the rainbow made its customary appearance (even though its physical location changed from day to day). It was kind of like driving by your neighbor’s house and seeing her in the driveway, and waving hello. I smiled again, and thought, “Hello to You, too, God!”

Sadly, I haven’t seen any more rainbows since RD4, but now I try to keep an eye out for one, hoping that God will break in on my day again and exclaim, “Hello!” in a way that only He can.

Here is my prayer for today: Dear God, thank You for the thoughtful way that You got my attention this past week. It’s been such a delight to encounter You in nature – especially through a rainbow, which is also a powerful image from the Bible of Your covenant promise to take care of Your creation:

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 the 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. Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth.”

So God said to Noah, “This is the sign of the covenant I have established between Me and all life on the earth.”  (Genesis 9:12-17, NIV)

Thanks for being the God who always keeps Your promises, and for also taking time out of Your busy day to say “hello” to me, just because You can!. In Your name I pray, Amen.

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