Recently while watching my son play soccer, an amazing rainbow showed up in the sky. Seeing a rainbow is always exciting to me, but to see a complete rainbow from start to finish is a moment that makes me stop. This was true of my experience recently and I had the chance to capture it on my phone. I couldn’t believe how close the rainbow felt, almost as though it was within a walking distance from where I was standing. As I watched the rainbow and began to see the clouds move away, I couldn’t help but remember the promise that God told Noah thousands of years ago. (Genesis 9)
God began to remind me of how faithful He has been to that promise. How many promises do you know of are branded with a multi-colored image in the sky? I like to think that this promise or covenant God made with Noah is His “Beautiful Promise.” It’s a scientific phenomenon that involves reflection and refraction of light from the Earth’s atmosphere. A short research of rainbows will show just how many variations there really are of this beautiful promise.
The beauty of the rainbow is impressive to me, illustrating the impressive beauty of God. (Maybe you share that opinion.) But standing there at that moment thanking God for the promise He has kept caused me to imagine just how beautiful one of His other promises will be when He fulfills it.
Then I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse! The one sitting on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he judges and makes war. His eyes are like a flame of fire, and on his head are many diadems, and he has a name written that no one knows but himself. He is clothed in a robe dipped in blood, and the name by which he is called is The Word of God. And the armies of heaven, arrayed in fine linen, white and pure, were following him on white horses. From his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations, and he will rule them with a rod of iron. He will tread the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God the Almighty. On his robe and on his thigh he has a name written, King of kings and Lord of lords. (Revelation 19:11-16 ESV)
How amazing will that moment be? Next time you see a rainbow, take a moment to imagine what it will be like when Jesus returns on a white horse with the armies of heaven behind Him, dressed in fine linen, white and pure. Take a moment to thank God for being faithful to His promises and allow God to fill your heart with anticipation of His coming.
God has a way of creating a “boom” in your day if you’re listening. If you hear the sound of his rhythm, respond back. Make that “tic” and join Him in a small conversation.