Monday evening brought tragic news to our family. A beloved family member died, and we are all feeling so very, very sad. Our loved one will be so deeply missed. And of course – everything feels so much more complicated when you can’t wrap your arms around each other – when you can’t gather together as an extended family. When you can’t do what we are used to doing during times like these.
The new normal feels anything, but normal . . .
We will do all of these things eventually – but for now – we have to make phone calls, send texts, pray for one another, and wait. And we will probably have to wait some more.
And so today I was very deeply in need of reminders of God’s presence in my life – in all of our lives.
It is amazing to me how our Lord always provides reminders of his presence when I allow myself to seek him – when I open my eyes and my heart to his presence in my life.
I know God is with us always. I believe God is with us. And William and I were in hot pursuit of reminders of God’s presence. And we quickly found reminders of God’s presence all around us.
Rainbows – rainbows – rainbows. . .
Rainbows are everywhere these days.
And Genesis (chapter 9) tells us that rainbows are a reminder to God and to all of us of the covenant God first made with Noah following the flood.
Rainbows can remind us that even in tragedy God is present.
We are not alone.
8 Then God said to Noah and to his sons with him, 9‘As for me, I am establishing my covenant with you and your descendants after you, 10and with every living creature that is with you, the birds, the domestic animals, and every animal of the earth with you, as many as came out of the ark. 11I establish my covenant with you, that never again shall all flesh be cut off by the waters of a flood, and never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth.’ 12God said, ‘This is the sign of the covenant that I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for all future generations: 13I have set my bow in the clouds, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth. 14When I bring clouds over the earth and the bow is seen in the clouds, 15I will remember my covenant that is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh. 16When the bow is in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth.’ 17God said to Noah, ‘This is the sign of the covenant that I have established between me and all flesh that is on the earth.’ – Genesis 9:8-17
How are you seeking God’s presence in your life?
Where have you seen God’s presence?