The Sign of the Rainbow

Today is another day of rain. So far, it’s been a fairly wet spring. Not that we should expect things to be any different this time of the year. We grew up with a saying “April showers, bring May flowers.” And coming from the Province of British Columbia, where we could expect the rains and overcast clouds to begin in October and stay through February, we kind of chuckle at complaints of rain. What’s concerning about these rains though, is how the water keeps rising. The news has been dominated with stories of flooding in cottage country towns and along the Ottawa river. Lake Ontario continues to rise to flood levels that were experienced two years ago. Perhaps town planners and permit offices are rethinking permissions of building on flood plains. And perhaps there are greater consequences of global warming than what we are willing to admit. Along with this year’s rains come moments of anxiety, which are not all bad. It makes it easy for us to tie into one of the earlier biblical stories of Noah and the Ark, where the rains came down and the floods went up, where the springs of the great deep burst forth and the floodgates of the heavens were opened. And we are no where near the catastrophic damage that great flood accomplished over the whole earth. Where we connect into that story is in the opening words, where it says; “Now the earth was corrupt in God’s sight and was full of violence. God saw how corrupt the earth had come, for all the people on earth had corrupted their ways.” Genesis 6:11,12. On line news prints and the nightly reports do a good job reminding us how troubled and anxiety filled viewers are. But the height of the story of Noah also reminds us “That God remembers,” and this world belongs to Him, because the very reason for a rainbow is to remind God of His promises. And it won’t be long now before all the flowers and trees will burst forth in joy and sing God’s praises in dazzling color and full blossom blaze. Our world still belongs to God, let the earth be glad!

Pastor Sid                                                                                                                            

Karin Terpstra