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.