Rainbow in the Storm

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Rainbow In the Storm
I took this picture a few weeks ago (at a red light). I knew when I stopped to look at it, it held a good lesson and reminder for me.
 
The rainbow in the middle of the storm. A rainbow is a visual reminder of God’s promise to Noah after the flood. When I see one it reminds me of the many promises found in Scripture. A rainbow is normally seen after the storm. Meaning there has to be one. This rainbow I took a picture of is seen in the middle of the storm (see the raindrops on the window). You gotta love Texas weather.
 
Grace in the Hard Days
I recently heard a pastor teach on grace and he spoke of God’s grace needed in the hard days. The passage we looked at was 2 Corinthians 12:9 when God tell’s Paul “my grace is sufficient for you”.
 
As an AWANA kid, I know Grace is defined as God’s undeserved favor but this didn’t quite fit with this passage of Scripture or how he was teaching about grace. When I heard this I knew there was a part of grace that I needed a better understanding of. There is more to grace than just saving us from our sin, it is that but there is also more.
 
God’s grace is also found in the hard days. It is the grace that gives us the strength to keep walking, comforts our hurting hearts, the love that redeems us from sin but also redeems situations in our life here on earth. The Grace that doesn’t just help us survive but thrive even in the hard season. I think I am still learning how to do this.
 
Just after I took this picture the question was asked “why do Christian’s suffer?” in Sunday school. My answer is that because when we suffer God’s promises are put on display.
Put on DisplayEven if
It is Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego’s faith we see when they when they tell the King;
 
“our God we serve is able to deliver us… But, if not…” (Daniel 3:17-18).
 
These men were thrown into the fire, a fire that was seven times hotter than normal. King Nebuchadnezzar then asks “Weren’t there three men… …Look! I see four in the fire… …and the fourth looks like a son of the gods” (Daniel 3:24-25).
It was in the fire that God was seen.
 
 
We are put on display for the world to see and for each other to see (there is another lesson in the community that God has blessed us with as the church). When we are hurting people watch. Oh, that thought is a little scary. I hope and pray that I walk well but most of all that I point to God well.
 
James tells us to “consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever we face trials of many kinds, because you know the testing of your faith produces perseverance” (James 1:2-3).
 
In the storm, God’s promises and grace are put on display just like this picture of the rainbow. But just like you have to look up to see a rainbow you have to look to see God’s grace and promises in the storms of life. I am thankful for the godly women God has brought in my life who teach me how to do this.
 
 
My Praryer
 
Father, storms come in this life as a way for you to grow my faith in you. To teach me how to hold on to You and Your promises. They also put You on display in my life. May my faith be seen when I am walking through the storm. But today let me look up and see Your promises even in the middle of the storm. For I know you told me that You will never leave me and that all things You will work
together for good for those who love you.
In Jesus name, I pray, Amen
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