God is not a human being, and he will not lie.
He is not a human, and he does not change his mind.
What he says he will do, he does.
What he promises, he makes come true. Numbers 23:19 (NCV)
I try to find opportune moments throughout the day to share with my children about God. Sometimes, those moments are served up on a silver platter, easy to find and easy to talk about. Sometimes they are scattered about like breadcrumbs, tiny morsels of His goodness, for us to find together.
On Sunday, my oldest daughter found a rainbow-shaped eraser at the restaurant where we ate dinner for Mother’s Day and I recognized an opportunity to remind her of another facet of God.
We all love rainbows for some reason or another. Some love them simply because of their beautiful colors. Some love the mystery and the science of how they emerge in the sky, through a prism of glass, or in a puddle of oily water. Some love the idea of legends of leprechauns and pots of gold.
I love rainbows because they represent the promises of the Creator.
When the first rainbow appeared in the sky after the flood waters had receded in the days of Noah, God explained that it was a sign of His promise, a promise that would never be forgotten and would never be broken.
I think about the promises that I have made in my lifetime and I can’t even count how many I have broken. My imperfect humanness left those promises in the past never to be remembered again. I never set out to break them, but they were broken just the same.
I think about the promises that God has whispered into my heart and I am encouraged to believe, to trust that those promises will never be forgotten. Those promises will always bear fruit because God’s ‘Yes’ is always ‘Yes’.
After my second daughter was born, I spent a few days in the hospital as most new mothers do. I had recently woken up and the nurse had taken my little bundle for her daily checkup. I wasn’t expecting any visitors until the next day. My postpartum hormones were out of control and I was feeling gloomy. The quiet in the room made me lonely.
And that is when God showed up…
I looked out of the window at the view of the river and for just a few moments a rainbow appeared over the water. Almost as soon as I saw it, it was gone.
In that twinkling, I was encouraged by God’s presence, a reminder that He will never leave me or forsake me, I will never be alone. It was a memento of the promises He has for me, as well as, the promises He has for my children.
Yesappa, thank you for never lying, for never changing your mind, and for always keeping your promises. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Blessings – Julie, Vadipatti, India (written in the U.S.A.)
Scripture taken from the New Century Version®. Copyright © 2005 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.