Hope, Words of Endurance

God’s Smiles

And 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:
I have set my rainbow in the clouds,
And it will be the sign of the covenant
between me and earth.”
GENESIS 9:12-13 (NIV)

After Dave’s career ended, we lived for 19 years at the base of the front range of the Rocky Mountains. The sky is big and beautiful and the cloud formations breathtaking. Many storms form over the Rockies and then come over us. The lightning can be spectacular, and our family would watch it as if it were a fireworks show.

My favorite scene was after the storm rolled through – the sun would find openings in the clouds to peek its way through. The shining rays of sunlight would color the drab landscape of the valley below with various shades of light. While the heavenly play of light through dark clouds was a fairly common occurrence, it never escaped our notice. Many times our family would be driving along the highway down the hill from where we lived and Tiffany would say, “Oh! Look! God is smiling down on us again.”

When the sun finally comes out, we often see a rainbow. The beauty of the rainbow after the storm reminds us of God’s promises. The storm may be violent, dark – even frightening. Yet the Lord has promised never to leave us or forsake us. He will be with us always.

For your Kingdom is an everlasting kingdom.
You rule throughout all generations.
The Lord always keeps his promises;
he is gracious in all he does.
PSALM 145:13 (NLT)