Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Sunshine And Storms

“What’s that, Dad?” asked his son, Ben.

“A rainbow,” responded his father.

“What’s a rainbow, Dad?” was his next question.

“Well, Ben, a rainbow is a promise from God that He loves us and will always care for us,” said Ben’s Dad.

What a comforting answer for us to think about when we face troubling times. The beauty and brilliance of the colors found in a rainbow are the result of “reflections and refractions” of the sun’s rays as they “light-up” the drops of rain that fall from the sky after the storm passes over us. But without the storm there would be no rainbow.

We only see rainbows when the sun is behind us and the rain is falling in front of us. As the rays of the sun pass through a drop of rain it is “bent” - or refracted - and separated into the different colors that light up the sky. What we see is a brilliant display of colors produced in the countless drops of rain that fall in front of the sun.

All of us have experienced many drops of rain falling on our paths and into our lives. But God’s love shines through each of them as the sun shines through the drops of rain that fall from the sky. It is the glow of His love that shines through the tears of grief, pain, hurt and suffering that fall from our eyes and brings us His comfort.

No one has lived a “tear-free life.” We have all been caught up in the “storms of life” - yet have survived. The Psalmist wrote, “They have greatly oppressed me from my youth, but have not gained the victory over me.” Storms and tears come and go, but God’s love always protects us.

Prayer:  Thank You, Father, for the assurance of Your love. May we look to You for healing when others harm us. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Scripture for Today:  Psalm 129:2 they have greatly oppressed me from my youth, but they have not gained the victory over me.

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