Guest Post: Rainbows in the Night

Rainbows and I seem to have a special affinity.  I've had what I call "Rainbow Reassurances" twice since my husband's health decline started.  I sometimes go for months or years without them.  Yet, God knows when I need them.  Now to have Lynn Severance send me this writing as a guest post is my third assurance.  And when God speaks to me in threes, I know I better heed what he is saying!  Thanks Lynn, for this wonderful post!  I pray this is as meaningful for all of you readers as it was for me.


“I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth”(Genesis 9:13).


As children we thought they held treasures with pots of gold at each end. 

Don’t we all perk up when we see an actual rainbow in the sky? They can surprise us as we happen upon them. When rain has washed the sky and the sun quickly emerges, I look for a rainbow! If I am alert, I may see one.

Yet in this Scripture, we are told God sets his rainbow in the cloud. His covenant is in the cloud? How can something so bright be shut inside darkened heaviness? 

Rainbows are a bounty arching forth as clouds’ heaviness can no longer contain the build up of water vapor. It spills back to earth as rain. The sun can splash prisms of color to celebrate this release.

 I understand the principle of clouds releasing rain but I never have set out to look for clouds.

Clouds pale, literally, when the sun splashes the prism of colors and a rainbow bursts forth. 

 What of the times our lives seem shadowed, overwhelmed with the daily challenges we each face?  We don’t always see the sun. Another Scripture helps me to respond to this question.

“[Nothing] will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord”  (Romans 8:39b).

God’s covenant with us has not changed. All his promises lie within us where he dwells. The clouds may loom heavy but he towers with more power.

God and His promises cannot be separated. 

Our circumstances, our minds, our feelings can become clouded. Fears may bring heaviness, so dark.  Yet  the light of the rainbow inside us comes from God’s Presence. He has promises to give.

I can water the promises into view, so to speak, when I relax and allow God to release the rain, to carry my burdens, to care for me by his shining forth. His light tramples darkness, releasing his prism of promises.

 I want to focus, not on the heaviness, but on the colors about to emerge.


Lord,  I rejoice that the colors of the rainbow shine forth your hope, announcing your everlasting covenant with me. My relationship is not with the darkness and heaviness of clouds, but with you, the Light of my life. Amen 

More about Lynn:  Lynn Severance is a retired elementary classroom teacher. She lives in Lynnwood, Washington. She writes to encourage others as God has encouraged her during 30 years of living with daily physical challenges. Visit Lynn’s blog and sign up to receive new postings in your email box!


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