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The Rainbow Promise

JusJoJan 15 January 2022

This post is also part of Stream of Consciousness Saturday. The prompt for today is “a rainy day.”

Photo taken in Auckland last time we were there.

A rainy day means different things to different people. To a farmer in a drought, it means relief and answered prayer. To the picnic organiser, it means a disruption of plans and a lot of admin work to communicate and reschedule. To a small child, it means a wonderful opportunity to put on a raincoat and rainboots and play in puddles. To me it means, yay, my garden is going to be happy and OH NO, now we can’t hang up the washing.

To Noah, rain meant nothing at all. Up ’till the flood, God had watered the earth from below. Now Noah was told, by God, to build an ark because there was going to be so much rain, all the people except Noah’s family and the animals would die. Noah didn’t understand at all. And yet, he obeyed. Down to the smallest detail. It took him 120 years to build the ark and he kept going. Just on God’s word which maybe only came to him at the beginning.

God delighted in Noah because Noah loved Him, he trusted Him, He obeyed HIm exactly, and he used the skills and resources God had given him.

Quite often we don’t understand. God asks us to do something that goes against our understanding and logic. We might start in a burst of faith but as the promise lingers and lingers we get despondent and give up.

May I be more like Noah, trusting God no matter what happens around me, no matter how others may sneer and try to discourage me.

My prayer

Lord Jesus, I would like to trust in You with all my heart and lean not on my own understanding because Your ways are so much higher than my ways and Your thoughts than my thoughts. Amen.

Rings and Promises

Yesterday my granddaughter got enrolled as a Girl Guide. When a Girl Guide gets enrolled, she makes a promise.

“I promise that I will do my best to do my duty to my God and my country, to help other people and to keep the Guide Law.”

Once the girl has made the promise, a badge, called a trefoil, is pinned onto her uniform reminding her of the promise she made.

In our case, this was a very special trefoil. It had belonged to my mother who was a Guider about sixty years ago. My daughter was enrolled with it and now, my granddaughter.

It is similar in tradition and sentiment to getting married with your grandmother’s wedding ring. A ring is a symbol of the promises you made on your wedding day.

Unfortunately, keeping a promise is no longer a sign of honour or integrity. One only has to look at the percentage of divorces to realise that most people do not honour the promises they made “…till death us do part.”

It is hard to teach children the value of a promise when the adults around them set such a bad example.

God is not like us. He keeps His promises. Always.

Jesus said,”…whoever comes to me I will never drive away.” (John 6:37b). That famous passage, John 3:16 reads: “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (NIV)

God has made a promise. Whoever believes in Jesus will have eternal life. You can trust this promise. You can bet your life on it. Christians do.

This post is part of Stream of Consciousness

Lockdown Day 26 One Liner Wednesday

This post is part of One-Liner Wednesday organised by Linda Hill.

Romans 4:20-21 says of Abraham,

Yet he did not waiver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised. (NIV)