These are troubling even terrifying times. A time when all hope seems lost. A time when the whole world seems to be falling apart in front of our eyes. Sickness, anger, even hatred is tearing not only our country but the entire world apart. Even the very core of the family is being tested. People everywhere are suffering; whether it be from this terrible virus that’s infected the entire world or the deep split because of the political atmosphere. No matter what side you are on you feel the pressure, You feel the uncertainty of the future. I know I do.
So where do we go, what can we do and where can we turn. But most importantly where is GOD in all of this. Is this GOD’S punishment for a fallen world. Is this our Noah’s ark and only a handful of his family will survive? Are we being kicked out of our Garden of Eden because we have disobeyed his command? He must be tearing down our tower of Babel because we are forgetting to come to him in prayer.
The simple answer is a resounding NO! I was driving one-day last week and had just finished talking to my wife on the phone (hands-free of course). She had been a little down because of the terrible sickness that has swept across not only this country but the entire world. How many more people are going to get sick, or even die, and how long will it be before it affected someone we love. I didn’t know how to answer her because I had been struggling with the same concerns and fears.
The afternoon had been stormy, and the forecast was calling for more evening thunderstorms to develop in the area. As I was approaching the bridge that crosses the Missouri River, heading east, the clouds were becoming dark ahead of me and it looked like the heavens were going to open up at any minute. But as I got closer to the bridge my eyes focused on something in the sky ahead of me. It was a rainbow, not a complete one where you could see the beginning and the end, but one that stretched from the top of the sky, down to the ground. It was as if GOD’S outstretched arms were reaching down and enveloping us with all his love, telling us that he loves us and that everything was going to be alright, and reminding us that never again would he “flood” the earth because of our sins, He had already sent his Son into the “flood” of death so we wouldn’t have to.
I took my phone off the phone cradle to take a picture (yeah I know) and send it to my wife, but when I lifted the phone the rainbow disappeared. Disappointed I placed my phone back in the cradle, thinking I would just have to tell her what I had seen. But just as quickly it disappeared it reappeared and this time I was able to take the picture. When I stopped I sent her the picture. I think it helped her, I know it did me.
I’m hoping that everyone who reads this message of hope and faith on this blog will allow GOD to remove the mountains of despair, pain, heartache, and uncertainty from their heart. This is not the time for fighting over earthly things, it is the time to allow the “rainbow” of GOD’S loving arms to envelop us and heal us from not only our bodily sickness but the sickness that has invaded our hearts.
“For GOD so loved that world that he gave his only begotten son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have everlasting life” John 3:16