12And God said, “This is the sign of the covenant I am making between me and you and every living creature with you, a covenant for all generations to come: 13I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth. 14Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds, 15I will remember my covenant between me and you and all living creatures of every kind. Never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all life. 16Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth.” 17So God said to Noah “This is the sign of the covenant I have established between me and all life on the earth.” -Genesis 9:12-17 NIV
The rainbow. A symbol of God’s covenant to never flood the earth again. Yup, that’s what the rainbow symbolizes. It’s brilliant beauty is a display of a promise.
Isn’t it funny how old truths are given new meaning? Like Tuesdays blog title – The “C” word. C was for cat waaaaay before c was for cancer. Oh, we humans…. Hopefully now you will associate the “C” word with a one-eyed, $1000 cat named Gray.
Here’s what I do now when my thoughts differ from what I see around me. I grab the Book to see what God has to say. That may sound churchy or preachy to you, but here’s the deal – are you going to go with what man says or with what the Creator of man says.
Reading the Bible each morning is not easy. It probably isn’t even “normal”. You have to relax long enough and actually schedule time to read it. It is sometimes referred to as our Instructional Book for Life. Feel like stealing something today? Probably shouldn’t. Not digging your parents today? You still need to honor them. Preoccupied with things that come first? Better step back and spend time with Who came first. Those are just hard truths. We all get so busy that all we know is busy. We all are living, but I prefer to be capital “L” living. It takes the pressure off of today and tomorrow.
What people may not realize is this – it’s all for you! It’s to make you better. Study. It’s like hooking a new little earthy car up to a power pump (however that works) and juicing up for the road so you’re not broke down in Arizona somewhere in their 120 degree “dry” heat. Hot is hot!
This life is to be enjoyed and reading about Him doesn’t have to be obligatory. He’s actually pretty funny… if you don’t think so, just go take a look in the mirror. 🙂
EnJOY your weekend.