A Rainbow Moment

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Has there ever been a time in your life when God has sent to you a token of His promise?

A little reminder of His concern for you personally?

Perhaps you have been left wondering if that with which you are presently occupied is really what God wants you to do. Perhaps you are floundering in uncertainty and you need a little confirmation to restore  your faltering faith.

The following few thoughts might be just the very encouragement you're in need of right now.

I remember a time like that a while ago. I was about half way through editing songs for my second CD, but I felt like I was walking a very lonely path. Now, don't get me wrong, I loved what I was doing and I was in no doubt that what was being created would ultimately be used by God to bless all who heard the songs being crafted.

But I was going through a bit of a hard time and I was starting to feel isolated and forgotten.

I sat in a spare room upstairs one cold grey miserable February morning to have my alone time alone with God. I had just read something of particular interest and paused to think a while on the lovely words, when I heard an unusual noise coming from outside.

"Was that a bird singing?

No, surely not!

This wasn't the time of the year for birdsong!"

It had snowed a few days earlier and it was one of those days when the snow was melting very slowly and everything was very grey, very wet, and very cold!

But I could hear a lonely bird singing!

I opened the window to confirm I wasn't just 'hearing things', and sure enough just a stone's throw away in the tree just opposite me a blackbird was singing softly and beautifully.

I leaned out of the window and the chill caused my breath to rise in billows of steam but it was worth getting cold just to drink in those moments of absolute beauty while they lasted.

Mr blackbird sang sweetly for a few minutes and then flew off never to be heard again until the spring time.

I was quite possibly the only one around to hear, because everyone else from home and in the neighbourhood was either at school or at work. I felt very privileged.

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I felt as if God had sent a rainbow moment to me when He sent a bird to sing in my earshot at a time when the singing of birds is not usually heard.

He brought to me comfort and joy in the midst of troubled times and then I knew that I was on the right track after all.

Incidentally, featured on the CD I was working on, just so happens to be a song about the singing birds which I was planning to work on sometime ahead, and although this is not the reason why the song is there, it gives me great pleasure whenever I remember it is there for someone else to listen to.

I would like to share with you the incredible story behind the creating of this particular song, however, I think that I will keep that for another day. Perhaps I can use this as a subject matter for a video at 'Amanda's Corner on YouTube later on in the year :-)

But believe it or not - the very same thing happened to me a little while ago! It was New Year's day, and unusually the home was very quiet.  I would have been preparing to entertain for this special day if it were not for the fact that my husband was very unwell with a chest infection and severe asthma and was spending the day sleeping as he had done the day before. So the home was quiet and I was in a deep reflective mood which had been with me since the day before. I had been wondering about God's plans for 2018 and preparing myself to take yet another giant step of faith - alone, if necessary. And that's when I heard it again!

Was I hearing things?

No, I definitely heard it - a lonely bird singing in the large fir tree right outside our apartment window.

Once again I found myself opening the window to appreciate his beautiful singing :) I listened and listened for good ten minutes until the bird sang no longer. I swallowed a huge lump in my throat and got all teared up. What did all this mean?

It appears to me to be something of significance
and by no means a coincidence ...

that on both occasions I happened to be reflecting on something I knew to be what God wanted me to do accompanied with an overwhelming feeling of loneliness and isolation, and the dreaded doubt that caused me to question what am I doing and the reason why.

Now, in the Bible as recorded in the book of Genesis, God sent a flood to judge the human race because of sin for which they revelled in rather than repent of. Noah, his wife, three sons and their wives were the only members of the human race to survive because they sheltered in the Ark as God commanded them to do.

And after the flood started to dissipate and a new life was about to begin, God gave to Noah and his family a token in the form of a beautiful rainbow. Whenever they saw a rainbow they would remember God's provision, His care, His shelter and His promises to them of His everlasting care. 

"I do set my bow in the cloud,
and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth.
And it shall come to pass, when I bring a cloud over the earth,
that the bow shall be seen in the cloud:
And I will remember my covenant, which is between me and you
and every living creature of all flesh ..."
Genesis 9: 13-15

God promised them that He would never again flood the whole earth to judge the human race again. When they saw the rainbow they would remember His promise. Today we are privileged to still see the beautiful rainbow in the cloud during a time of rain if the sun should be exposed to shine its rays through the rain fall.

Today, we have the Word of God and all His promises contained therein, and if we desire to spend our lives walking with Him and pleasing Him, then we certainly need to allow His Word to dwell in us richly. (See Colossians 3: 16.)

But every now and then He gives to His people a token. It might be just something small and personal as a sweet reminder of His loving care and interest in every detail of our lives.

For some it may be the words of a song or hymn. For others it might be a certain scene or sound, and for others it could be a certain fragrance that evokes all sorts of memories of the never failing care and promises of God. It might simply be a hand on the shoulder, the love of a child or a simple word of encouragement.

 Just a little personal token from the heart of God to verify His promise.

Well, the race and the goal has already been set before me, as I am sure yours is set before you. The question is: do we know what it is we must be doing, and do we know the reason why?

Whatever God has entrusted you with, treasure it with all of your heart, and invest it wisely. In due course the Lord will come and before we know it, and He'll be on the lookout for the fruit of our labours.

But please be warned - you can be sure that once you have set your heart to walk with God and serve Him you will be met with opposition, which can lead to personal questionings and the feelings of doubt. But remember, if it is Him you are seeking to honour and obey, He will give to you what it takes to remind you of His tender love and care to you personally.

Those rainbow moments will serve as reminders of His promises that He will always be with you no matter what!

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"Therefore, my beloved brethren,
be ye stedfast, unmoveable,
always abounding in the work of the Lord,
forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord."
1 Corinthians 15: 58


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