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When I send clouds over the earth, the rainbow will appear in the clouds, and I will remember my covenant with you and with all living creatures. – Genesis 9:14
I got up early this morning to prepare for the day ahead, praying while I got ready. I saw moonlight streaming through an upper window and moved closer to see the moon. It was a beautiful full moon framed by a trail of wispy clouds. Drawn to the Creator, I prayed again while taking in this beautiful site. As I did, more clouds moved into view, the only clouds in an otherwise clear sky. Although they covered and surrounded the moon, they did not hide it. It continued to shine brightly, and then it happened. Against the black sky of night, a rainbow appeared in the clouds that surrounded the moon. It was as if God was responding to my prayers, offering the rainbow as a reminder of His covenant to us (His people) and as a literal ray of hope. In that moment I began to hear Matt Redmond singing 10,000 Reasons, one of my favorite praise and worship songs…“Bless the Lord, oh my soul, oh my soul, worship Your holy name…”. This was a moment of hope, indeed.
I got down on my knees to thank God and praise Him. When I looked back up at the moon, the rainbow was fading as the clouds were moving on. Then, just as quickly as the rainbow appeared, it was gone. Remaining was the brilliant light of the moon, shining in the clear sky that was now beginning to lighten as dawn approached.
Yes, I saw a rainbow this morning, a sign of hope and assurance that whatever this day brings, God is with us.
Praise be to God.
“And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer, and while they are yet speaking, I will hear.” – Isaiah 65:24
This verse was shared with our Bible study group by Miss Bea, a wise and godly woman, at then end of our Disciple I Bible study. Our group spent nine months together reading the Bible from Genesis to Revelation, growing close as we shared a spiritual journey, and sharing personal issues through weekly prayer requests.
Miss Bea was older and had experienced many things. She’d overcome situations that we could only imagine, and lived her life in a very practical way with a true heart for serving the Lord. At times I’m sure she thought our worries and concerns were not nearly as serious as we took them to be, for in her lifetime, Miss Bea had acquired wisdom that we could only hope to have someday. However, she kindly received our prayer requests each week, never passing judgment, always responding in love. When asked if some of our concerns seemed trivial at times, she shook her head and graciously told us that if something mattered to us, then it mattered to her.
At the end of the study, I asked everyone to select a Bible verse to share with the group. They were to print their verses on small pieces of paper and bring enough copies to give to the others. By the end of the exchange, each person had a wonderful collection of verses shared by those they’d grown close to in Bible study. Miss Bea’s verse was so appropriate because with it she was assuring us that no matter what concerns or worries we might have, we can be sure that when we lift our concerns to the Lord, He answers us before we call, and has heard the cry of our heart before we have finished speaking. The NLT Bible states it this way:
I will answer them before they even call to me. While they are still talking to me about their needs, I will go ahead and answer their prayers!
In others words, God is already at work and on the job, tending to our thoughts and concerns before we have even finished expressing them!
Isaiah shares this revelation about God as he talks about the New Jerusalem/heaven that God’s obedient people will someday receive. Friends, we haven’t found our way to that New Jerusalem yet, but we have been saved in Christ; and in that salvation we can claim the truths and promises of God, like the verse above.
May you be blessed as you share with God whatever makes you anxious or causes worry in your heart, knowing that He is listening and responding, even while you are still speaking. Praise be to God!