The end of the rainbow

Hey guys, today is time for me to share another real, raw moment in my life and what God has taught me through it all. Recently an event happened in my life that made me angry at God. I asked Him a bunch of ‘why’ questions and pretty much told Him that I thought some of the things He’s allowing to happen in my life are stupid and essentially that I doubted His plan for it all. I was confused and hurt by the actions of others and was frustrated at God because, He’s supposed to be in control right? The next day my family and I were traveling an hour to see how guitars are made, and as I got up to get ready I was still pretty salty towards my Creator. I had a great day with my family but my feelings didn’t radiate with my Heavenly Father, and as the day progressed I started to leave the salty stage and move right on into the marinated stage. Not only did I not trust that God knew what He was doing, but I wanted Him to know that I didn’t trust Him. I’m sure some of you out there are cringing and, even as I write it now I’m uttering another apology, but I promised to be honest with you guys and that is the sad truth. Okay now back to my day trip with my family and fast forward a bit to our GPS deciding to take us on this tiny little back road on the way home, I mean we’re passing creeks and cows and fields when suddenly, the most breathtakingly vibrant rainbow I have ever seen comes into view. We pulled over, snapped a few pictures, ooo-ed and awwed and then moved on. And then it happened, the beginning of the kind of moment that stays with a person. We were going up a hill and just as we crested it, there it was: The end of the rainbow. There was no pot of gold, no leprechaun, but in that moment there was something so much greater; the reminder of God’s promise. I fully believe God spoke to me in that moment, and not in some deep booming voice or even an audible voice at all, but He instead decided to speak to me in that breathtaking sight. And in that moment it wasn’t simply the promise to never flood the earth again that flooded into my brain, but all his other promises too. The promise He proclaims in Deuteronomy 31:6 “….for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” the promise that He will never let me be tried or tempted more than I can bear in 1 Corinthians 10:13, the promise that NOTHING will ever be able to separate me from His love in Romans 8:35, the promise that He will meet all my needs in Philippians 4:19, the promise in Exodus 14:14 that says He will fight for me, all I need to do is be still. The promise that should I hope in Him my strength will be renewed in Isaiah 40:31, the promise that I am free in John 8:36, the promise found in Proverbs 3:5-6 that tells me that should I place all my trust in Him, He will make my paths straight, the promise that when I am weary or burdened He will give me rest found in Matthew 11:28-29. And above all that, the assurance that we can trust in those promises is found in 2 Corinthians 1:19-20 which says

For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was preached among you by us—by me and Silas and Timothy—was not “Yes” and “No,” but in him it has always been “Yes.” For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God

The word “Amen” means “let it be so” or it means to “let it be established”. So every single promise that God made in the Bible is yours. Every promise you read is an “Amen” or “Let it be”  through Jesus Christ. Let me just say this again: Every single promise He made in the Bible He is making to you. Guys those promises I listed are nowhere near all the promises He has made, not even close. But I’ll make a promise of my own: the God I serve will not let you down. People will let us down, and I know that firsthand. But whenever I look back and think about the time someone has let me down, I see God picking me back up again. If you place your trust in people they might drop it, lose it, misplace it, even throw it away. But if you place your trust in God he will never ever let you down.

People always talk about “God moments” and that moment on that hill definitely was one for me. Quite honestly I’m not sure I can put into words everything that happened in that moment, but I do know that I placed my trust back in Him and that an overwhelming sense of peace has been with me ever since. Things may look confusing, your life could full out suck right now, and while you may not have the answers to your ‘why’s’ you can put your trust in the God that holds it all in His hands.

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. -Romans 8:28

I’ll say it again, the end of the rainbow did not have a pot of gold at the bottom, but what it did have was so much more fulfilling. I challenge you to search the Bible for His promises to you, I challenge you to read them as if it was a letter written to you from Him, and I challenge you to trust the Writer of those promises with everything in you.

-J

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