Many years ago, I wrote a musical play based on Noah and the Ark. It was called, “The Rainbow Promise.” In the final scene of the play, a rainbow appears to assure the people who were saved from the great flood, that God promises never to destroy the world with another flood. That symbol has been used in many ways over the years. On St Patrick’s Day, we often see a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow. In today’s world it has been used for a variety of causes, but the first rainbow, set in the sky by God, Himself, is truly a promise that God will keep.
We could be in for storms in this life. Each one may seem worse than the past. Each one carries new burdens – depression – anxiety – anger – fear – discontent – but at the end of each storm, we can count on a rainbow from God. His promises are never broken. His Word is always true. The real pot of gold at the end is waiting for us in heaven. He made sure that the entire world would be saved from the infection of sin when He sent His Son to save it. The only condition is that we have faith and believe that promise. Those are also gifts from the Holy Spirit and not of our own doing. Jesus already died for every sin. The debt has been paid in full.
As I write these words, I can’t help but look at this story as make believe and happily ever afters, but the truth is, God has provided us with just that. The rainbow can be a reminder of His love for us and His fulfillment of His promises. No matter what the world throws at us, we have been redeemed and can look forward to eternity in paradise where there is no more sorrow, no more tears, and peace everlasting. The very first rainbow should help us remember that.