God [said], “This is the sign of the covenant I am making between me and you and everything living around you and everyone living after you. I’m putting my rainbow in the clouds, a sign of the covenant between me and the Earth. From now on, when I form a cloud over the Earth and the rainbow appears in the cloud, I’ll remember my covenant between me and you and everything living, that never again will floodwaters destroy all life. When the rainbow appears in the cloud, I’ll see it and remember the eternal covenant between God and everything living, every last living creature on Earth.” Gen. 9:12-16
Yesterday we had just finished walking the Stations of the Cross at St. Paul’s when three of us gathered to pray for one of our parishioners who had recently been hospitalized. I walked out the door, got in my car, and began the drive home when I looked up in the sky and saw that there was a full rainbow – end to end. I was so struck with its beauty that I drove around the block and pulled into a private parking lot to take a picture. The gentleman who approached to collect my fees too looked up and waived any need to collect his dues. I couldn’t get back far enough to get it’s full arch within the lens of my phone. That’s sort of what it is like with God – there is always infinitely more than we can grasp or imagine!
I love rainbows. They are a reminder of God’s promise of faithfulness not only to us but to every living creature! Let us rest in that today.