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  • Writer's pictureKandi Swift

Chasing Rainbows

"Whenever 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." Genesis 9:16

I remember as a child my siblings and I would anxiously look for the rainbow after a rainstorm. We heard lots of stories that pots of gold could be found if only we could locate where the rainbow ended. And I don’t know anyone who couldn’t use some gold! It was impossible to get to it on foot and, to our disappointment, we found that it wasn’t any easier when riding along in the car with our parents either. This promise of a pot of gold, we soon discovered, was nothing but a disappointment. Of course, as we grew older, we realized this story was just a legend. However, in Sunday School, we learned the true significance behind the rainbow and the biblical promise attached to it; the promise where God vowed to Noah never to destroy the entire earth by flood again.

As I began to think about the rainbow and the elusive pot of gold, I recalled being so occupied by the idea of becoming instantly rich. I would gaze out the window at the rainbow and think if I could just be the one person lucky enough, all of our problems would be over! I imagined the exciting trips we could take to Disneyland, the swimming pool we could put in our back yard and all the toys we could possibly buy. My parents would never have to worry about money again.

It’s incredible how easily we were captivated as children. As crazy and outlandish as it sounded, the ability to trust and believe in something such as a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow came so easily. We just believed! No questions asked.

God calls us to come to Him as little children. In fact, He tells us in Luke 18:17 that “whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.” As little children, we trusted so easily. We were wide-eyed and hung onto every word told to us by our parents or anyone else that we looked up to, for that matter. With innocence, we adored them. It was the natural thing to do, and mistrust was far from us.

As God beckons us to approach Him as little children, I believe it is an invitation to abandon ourselves and our preconceived ideas; to hang onto His every word, His every promise. He promises us so much, if we could only allow ourselves to believe it just as a child would, and chase after it as though it were the pot of gold we were searching for with excitement and confidence. His promises are yes and amen, which means they are true and certain, not elusive or deceitful. He gives His unchanging word, which is a promise more valuable than gold.

Are you in need of a promise today? He tells us if we ask, it will be given to us, and if we seek, we shall find it.

Scriptures:

“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” Psalm 46:1 esv

“The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple.” Psalm 19:7 esv

“For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us.” 2 Corinthians 1:20 nkjv

 

Prayer

Lord, I thank You for Your promises that are true and never-failing. You are trustworthy and faithful. Teach me to come to You as a child, hanging onto Your every word and promise without fear or doubt. Help me to stand confident in knowing that You answer prayer and it is Your nature to follow through on Your promises.

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