The last few weeks have been hard. Things in several different areas of life feel uncertain. Life feels shaky, and the promise is hard to see through these storms. But then I saw it….a rainbow. A sign that this storm will soon pass. A sign that the promises are still just as real today as they were when they were first given.
When life gets this way it always makes me think of Abraham…… He received a promise from God and as an old man still hadn’t received it. When his wife had already passed the age of child bearing, still no promise fulfilled. And then God came to visit. Not long after, the promised child came to Abraham and Sarah. But wait! What happened years later? Yes, God sent Abraham out to sacrifice his only son. The promised son. How can this be? We all know how the story ended though, God stopped Abraham just as he was about to sacrifice him. Was He only looking for Abraham’s willingness? Was He wanting to make sure that Abraham loved God more than the promise? Nobody can really say with 100% certainty. But in my heart, I figure it was a mixture of both, and other things that are too wonderful for me to understand.
As we live in one portion of our promise and still wait for the greater promises to occur, I am constantly aware that I can’t let my “right” to the promises exceed my love for the Father.
It’s easy to become so consumed with the storms of life that we forget to remain in childlike faith and simply put on our raincoats and boots and go play in the rain as we search the skies for rainbows.
Today, I challenge you to find your childlike faith! Go celebrate today!! No matter what is going wrong in your life, and no matter what injustice you may be experiencing, just go out and dance!! Go rejoice in the Lord, for He is good!! Put on your (metaphorical) rainboots and raincoat and grab your umbrella and go celebrate God!! Trust Him like a child. Most children are full of joy and find awe in the simplest things. A child never feels concern, they are certain they will have what they need when they need it. Imagine yourself as a child who has never known need. As one who has only known abundance.
Come Lord!! Come and fill this day with Your Rainbows. Teach me how to follow You without hesitation, without fear, and from a place of abundance in my heart. Your love is abundant. You watch over those You love, and I know You love me. Thank You Abba. Thank You. Pour out deep pools of Your love over me today to wash all my cares away. I only want to follow You. I love You, in Jesus name amen.
The Lord had said to Abram, “Leave your country, your people and your father’s household and go to the land I will show you. I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.” Genesis 12:1-3
When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to him and said, “I am God Almighty, walk before me and be blameless. I will confirm my covenant between Me and you and will greatly increase your numbers.” Abram fell facedown, and God said to him, “As for me, this is my covenant with you: You will be the father of many nations. Genesis 17:1-4
Now the Lord was gracious to Sarah as He had said, and the Lord did for Sarah what He had promised. Sarah became pregnant and bore a son to Abraham in his old age, at the very time God had promised him. Abraham gave the name Isaac to the son Sarah bore him. When his son Isaac was eight days old, Abraham circumcised him, as God commanded him. Abraham was a hundred years old when his son Isaac was born to him. Genesis 21:1-5
(For the story of Abraham being tested…..Read Genesis 22)