Living Over the Rainbow

Photo by Shelley Russell, Clements, MD.

Have you ever flown over a rainbow? My recent experience at Disney’s Soarin’ attraction gave me opportunity to view the landscape from above a rainbow. It amazes me how long people stand in line to view the earth from the heights. I believe that they, like myself, find the unblemished and beautiful vista of the earth refreshing. Seeing the earth from God’s view satisfies an inherent longing we have for connecting with our Creator. For me personally, the visual transport over our awesome land reveals the ideal of ecology and imparts hope in the Living God.

In many ways, my daily time in the Bible is like flying over the rainbow. When I open my Bible I am exposed to God’s intent for the universe and for my own small role in it. God’s Word transports me to an ideal place and refuels my eternal hope. I am reminded of the words of the psalmist:. Praise the Lord, O my soul; all my inmost being…who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s (Psalm 103:1,5). The ideal of life is to live in concert with God. The precepts of the Bible instruct us on Living Over the Rainbow. Do you want to soar like an eagle and view life from the cliffs? Consider these three Living over the Rainbow R’s.

Remember        The rainbow is not merely an adornment for the sky or the essence of our color palette. It is more than a destination for a pot of gold. The Rainbow, as first displayed in the skies before Noah, is a sign of God’s everlasting covenant between himself and the earth and all living creatures on the earth. Rainbows remind both God and mankind of his promise that life will never again be cut off by the waters of a flood; never again will there be a flood to destroy the earth (Genesis 9:11). I can Live Over the Rainbow when I remember that God is a covenant keeper. His covenants are never broken. His promises are eternal.

Revere        Reverence for God is the beginning of faith. Without reverence for God we have no conscience toward God. Without conscience we have no concept of God’s holiness or of our own need for a Savior. In her praise for God’s giving of His Son for the purpose of redemption, Mary said: His mercy extends to those who fear him from generation to generation (Like 1:50). Over the rainbow living hinges on exalting God above all things.

Reflect       “Lord, let my life be a reflection of your love for me.” These words on a plaque given to me set the tone for Living over the Rainbow. Everything I do should eminate from my gratitude for what God has done for me. I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with loving kindness  (Jeremiah 31:3). Where can I go to find Another worthy of my allegiance and eternal gratitude?

Be certain that the rainbow over which you live is God’s eternal band of colors.  …those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint (Isaiah 30:31).

OPP (opportunity for action):  The next time you see a rainbow in the sky share with your children the true beauty of God’s Rainbow Promise. Tell them the story of Noah—Genesis 6-9. Even before the sign of the rainbow, Noah exemplified over the rainbow living: Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked with God. (Genesis 6:9) Pray to our promise keeping God that your children will make the 3 R’s their code of conduct and learn to Live Over the Rainbow.

I encourage you to take a few moments and view the video, Magnificent, which is linked below.  It will transport you Over the Rainbow.

Next Blog Post: Into the Moment.

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