The rainbow. A sign of God’s faithfulness to His Word, His promises, including the promise to protect His own.
Maximus created this Lego rainbow with great joy, after spotting one at home the other day. As I read the Word this morning, it hit me, how special this creation was-as it followed dark days and troubling events and he was prompted to create this beauty that he took in from the skies.
The rainbow, the background setting to Isaac and his neighborhood friend playing basketball that day. I cannot help but connect a few days prior when basketball was played in this same spot with many of the regulars who come, and the incredibly difficult events that took place.
But I also cannot help but connect God’s faithful Word that is penetrating the heart, mind and soul and becoming USEFUL in our son. As difficult as the scenario for a mother to see, was the most beautiful gift manifest through the reactions, attitudes and behavior of my son.
Let’s just remember. My son, a pediatric stroke survivor was given a diagnosis in so many terms would make processing life incredibly challenging. I share for the GLORY of GOD – because the way in which our son walked through this difficult scenario, with self-control, enduring for a time, asserting himself in the right measure this is the work of God. And only accomplished through daily applying His word over and over to our children.
His ability to process wrong done to him, righteous anger expressed in right measure, genuine forgiveness, praying for those who “spitefully use you”, as well as love has boundaries, and the ability to “let go” for the sake of demonstrating love, and standing for righteousness, and trusting simply in God for His provision, with full circle peace – that is God Who is able to do more than we could ever imagine.
One “boy” whose habitual way is kindness and respect is welcome to come and play ball with Isaac. It had been raining on the two of them, when the sun broke out slightly and the rainbow appeared. With the background of a rainbow reminding us God is with us. He is faithful to His Word, faithful to His promises, and always protects His own.
It’s reminder of God sitting on His Holy throne. So loving to give us a rainbow in the midst of dark clouds and rainy days. A God so bright and beautiful watching over His children. Faithful to His Word. A reminder to keep abiding in His word as our minute by minute sustenance, help and strength. He is with us!
“And He who sat there on the throne…there was a rainbow around the throne… And His countenance was like the sun shining in it’s strength” Rev. 4:3 and Rev. 10:1
How would I describe my son on that dark day?
“Those who cleanse themselves…. will be instruments for special purposes, made holy, USEFUL to the Master and prepared to do any good work. Flee the evil desires of youth and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart. Don’t have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments, because you know they produce quarrels. And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful. Opponents must be gently instructed, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth, and that they will come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive to do his will.” 2 Timothy 2:21-26
HOW WOULD I DESCRIBE THE LORD ON THAT DARK DAY and the DAY TO FOLLOW?
Present and with us. Shining forth with His strength. A gift of the rainbow to remind us HE is indeed on His throne. Sovereign, ruler over our lives.