God said, ‘This is the sign of the covenant that I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for all future generations: I have set my bow in the clouds, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth. When I bring clouds over the earth and the bow is seen in the clouds, I will remember my covenant that is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh. When the bow is in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth.’ God said to Noah, ‘This is the sign of the covenant that I have established between me and all flesh that is on the earth.’
Devotion by Julia Shiver
Take a few minutes and look at the Wiki article on Rainbows in Culture. As far as I can see, there are few places that the rainbow has not been symbolic. Whether a symbol of the seven chakras in Tibetan or Buddhist beliefs, of the new diversity of South Africa following Apartheid, a slit in the sky sealed by a god in Chinese mythology, a the harbinger of skin diseases in Amazonian culture, a sign of solidarity and unity in the LGBTQIA community, to our Christian belief in God’s covenant with God’s people after wiping out everyone in a flood, the rainbow after a storm has been a sign to many peoples in many places and times throughout history.
The rainbow first became precious to me after attending a North Georgia Walk to Emmaus. It became a symbol of being reborn in my commitment to walk with Christ and to becoming a leader within my church community. About the same time, my mom and dad both came out as homosexual. The rainbow flag became a sign of the belief that all of God’s children were worthy of God’s love. I have hope in a time when America sees herself as a rainbow, not just red or blue or purple, but with all the diversity of colors and ideas held within God’s embrace.
Dear God, Your children are lost in a storm, adrift on the sea. We look for your sign that will guide us safely to shore once more. Amen.