BACKSIDE OF THE RAINBOW Andy Hollifield 10-2-18
Genesis 9:13 I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth.
I want you to know that this is not some feel-good story to jerk a tear out of anyone, but it actually happened. While driving home on Sunday night after church, it was drizzling some. It wasn’t much but just enough to be aggravating and make you keep playing with the wipers. As I neared the exit ramp to head home, I was looking at the clouds and how unique they were. I also noticed that back to the west, the direction I was heading, it was looking like a monsoon could hit just any minute. As a matter of fact, clouds were building everywhere and they were looking more ominous with each passing moment. I wasn’t scared by them but I did want to get home before they let loose with a downpour. I just wasn’t in the mood to get soaked.
I am pretty bad to look at clouds, sunsets, and sunrises and anything else that displays God’s artistic ability. No one can paint a nature scene like him. As I made the loop on the ramp and was facing back east; there it was. It wasn’t all that visible and was mostly blocked out by clouds but I knew it was still there. Even behind those clouds I knew the rest of that rainbow was just as perfect as the small part I was looking. The rainbow. I will not bore you with all the definitions of a “token” but actually when you look it up and view it in light of the scripture, you will find that the word token has God’s fingerprints all over it. I will tell you one definition though. It is “something serving to represent or indicate some fact, event, feeling, etc.; sign.” Not a thought but a fact.
Here is another fact for you; I have read the back of the book and I know the truth about the rainbow. There is no end to it but we only see part of it. Revelation 4:3 says that there is a rainbow round about the throne. There is not a pot of gold but a whole city of gold on the other “end” of the rainbow. I personally believe that God just opens up the heavens a little and lets us see just a part of his rainbow. I don’t really have scripture for that but it is a pleasant thought. God also said it was his bow. Though some have tried to hi-jack it and claim it for representation of other things, it is still his bow and still represents his covenant.
What was amazing to me about that rainbow was that while I was heading west I couldn’t see it. After I made the loop heading east I could. Do you know why? It is because I was now between the sunshine and the clouds. Let that ring up on you for a minute. When I was heading west I was looking at the east side of that rainbow. When I started looking east, I was looking at the west side of that rainbow. The sun sets in the west. Even though the clouds had most of it blocked out, there it was as bright as day. The rain was still there and the clouds still covered it and it still looked like a storm coming. All of those things didn’t change the fact that the rainbow was still there. The token of God’s covenant with the earth. Still ringing true and still reminding us that God is on the throne.
Think about that for a minute. In your darkest storms when you see nothing but clouds and darkness, that rainbow is still there. You won’t see it when you are looking to the Lord but rather when you start seeing the storm from God’s point of view. When you look where the light is shining instead of dwelling on the darkness, there it will be. The token of God’s promise. I believe sometimes he lets us see it to confirm another promise he made. Hebrews 13: 5 says in part; “Be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.” We can be content because we have him. We still have his promise and better yet, we still have his presence. Have a blessed day in the Lord!!!