I love symbolism. Maybe it’s the fact that I’m kinda forgetful, and I love those tangible things I can look at, touch, smell, feel and then a smile pops on my face with a fond memory. If you know me… you know that you probably won’t see me without a ring that my great-grandmother gifted me. She gave it to me when I was very small, and time-wise right before she went to be forever in the presence of God. The ring reminds me of a strong lady that faced much adversity in life, yet never lost her joy and gentle ways. It reminds me of my Cherokee heritage, all that the tribe had to face, and the suffering they cruelly and unjustly endured. It reminds me that today, all her pain is gone and she will never hurt again. Silly as it may sound to you… sometimes I glance at the ring, and I remember that our joy never has to come from external factors, but that His peace and joy can overshadow any pain, any hardship, any difficulty that is on my pathway in this life.
And that’s why I love rainbows too.
Rainbows are amazing. Every time I see one, my breath catches a little with the magnificence of the beauty. They are an amazing symbol of God’s promise in Genesis 9. It’s a promise of grace we do not deserve, isn’t it?
A few years ago I found myself in one of those big (internal) “coming-of-age” crossroads…. Seeking desperately, I bought a blank journal, Grudem’s big book called “Systematic Theology”, and began in the book of Genesis reading/studying, then asking God to reveal Himself to me. I searched for what He had promised me. I wanted to know. I needed to know. Every day I scribbled more in the journal, excited like a child while He opened a new package each day at the promises I did not know where there…. and then wowed at the ones I had heard all my life were there and were not! When I stopped at the end of Revelation, I was even more curious, and excited…. and began the process allllll over again! 🙂
This is what I know. This world and all that is in it will fail us. Our hope, our joy, our contentment cannot be placed here. The deeper I look to the things around me to be satisfied…. the less I am satisfied.
He promises grace that is undeserved, joy that is without compare, contentment that doesn’t seem possible, peace that replaces anxiety, mercy that doesn’t let us go, and kindness that is without compare — changing us, shaping us, calling us to shine for His glory.
His promises are true. He does not fail. He is faithful, and He has fulfilled His promise that changed every thing — He sent His son, a perfect sacrifice to pay for our sin — giving us the gift of true life. His love calls to us. Surrender all to Him. Trust His promises — He is the only One who truly always keeps them.
It is the glory of God to conceal things, but the glory of kings is to search things out. Proverbs 25:2