God’s Promise

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I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth. —Genesis 9:13, KJV

I take a walk around my neighborhood most days of the week.

I live in a lovely rural area with beautiful scenery, people to greet, animals that make me smile, and just enough hills that I get a good workout.

I have discovered that if I set out for my walk on an overcast day and it isn’t raining—yet—I should probably take an umbrella. If I do not, it seems to be a law of the Medes and the Persians, which cannot be altered, that it will begin to rain at the exact geographic midpoint of my walk. One day recently, I began my walk under those overcast skies, but I felt optimistic and had high hopes that the rain would hold off. Of course, as usual, I felt the first raindrops as I neared mile marker one! It was really more of a mist than a determined, serious rain, so I did not mind too much, but it was still a bit annoying. And then I saw it! As I turned into a cul-de-sac along my route, there in front of me was the brightest, most spectacular rainbow I ever remember seeing.

Not only that, there was a faint second rainbow beside it, which is something I have very rarely seen. My day immediately became better, and my spirits lifted.

Many times, I spend far too much time during my walks thinking about the trials and tribulations of life and not enough time thanking God for the abundant blessings He provides for me all along my way. At that moment, though, it was as if my eyes were newly opened to His wondrous love and care for me. Yes, others may have seen those rainbows, but they may also have been provided for my eyes only. I will never know for sure this side of heaven, but I like to think God was winking at me and saying, “I have got you in My powerful hands, Robin.

You do not need to worry about a thing!” We do, indeed, serve an awesome God! He loves each of us more than we could ever imagine, and He delights in showing us that love in ways both big and small.

Robin Widmayer Sagel

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