Genesis 9 (NIV)
14 Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds, 15 I will remember my covenant between me and you and all living creatures of every kind. Never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all life. 16 Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth."
What does hope look like to you?
I was taking an early morning walk with my dog Dexter. Our walk is a daily routine, up before the sunrise. So grab a cup of coffee and head into the field to see what critters we may run into or, in Dexter's case, run after.
A layered fog was gently rolling across the field. As the sun began peeking its head up for the day, its rays turned the sky a beautiful pink color. It looked like a paintbrush was working its way across the sky as water particles within the fog also began to take on the color.
A fine mist of rain began to fall as if to fill in the spots the fog could not fill on this canvas.
A doe caught my eye, and as I was wont to do, I stopped to have a chat with her. Tell her how beautiful she is and how it is a blessing to see her daily.
I hear a rustling in the brush behind me and see that Dexter is on a sniffing mission of a bunny that ran through just seconds before.
Upon turning, the entire sky turns different shades of pink as bright colors begin to form from the ground up. I stand in awe as I observe a rainbow painted across the sky. Each color is true and pure.
An incredible sense of joy came over me as I laughed loudly and lifted my hands to the sky. "Thank you! Thank you!" I yelled into the pink fog.
The rainbow continued to form until the opposite end disappeared into the treeline.
What a fantastic thing to witness! I stood in the middle of a large field with Dexter in front of me and a beautiful doe behind me while God painted one of his masterpieces across the early morning sky.
In those moments, I know there is a God, and hope is always present.
Your world may feel as if it has fallen apart, that nothing is left for you to believe in or hope for.
But there is! Look to the sky in the early morning. Take a walk in nature and genuinely look at what is before you. Witness that small ant as it makes its way across a sidewalk, intent on its mission of carrying food. See a daisy in full bloom, turning its face to the morning sun. View the sparkle on a lake's surface like a million diamonds are sparkling and dancing across the surface.
There are so many things to see if you open your eyes, especially if you open your heart to the wonder surrounding us each day.
Whether you live in the city or the country, there are amazing things to see every day. Yet, within those things, there resides a spark of hope if your heart is open to seeing and believing.
What have you noticed today?