Rain or shine, the first order of the day at my house is walking the dog. He doesn’t seem to mind the rain blowing in his face. In fact, he holds his head higher as he walks up the hill into the wind and rain. I, of course, opt for an umbrella. But often the sun will peek out from behind the clouds at some point during our walk and a glorious Hawaiian rainbow will appear in the sky. My first thought when I see the rainbow is always, “God remembers us.”
Do you recall the first rainbow ever? It was after Noah and his family had spent forty rainy days and nights inside the ark, floating who knows how high above the earth.
God remembers! He remembered Abraham and spared his nephew Lot (Genesis 19:28-30). God remembered Rachel and opened her womb (Genesis 30:22). He remembered Hannah and she conceived and bore a son and called his name Samuel (1 Samuel 1:18-20). God heard the cry of the children of Israel in bondage in Egypt and remembered His covenant with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob (Exodus 2:23-25). God remembers the cry of the humble (Psalm 9:11-13). God remembers that we are but flesh (Psalm 78:38-40). He remembered us in our lowly state, for His mercy endures forever (Psalm 136:22-24).
So the next time you see a rainbow -- or even if you don’t see many heavenly rainbows where you live, look for rainbows all around you, in the faces of people passing by, in the clothing they wear, in the myriad of flavors at the ice cream shop, the soap bubbles in your kitchen sink, in oily puddles on the street, and the spring flowers -- just look for rainbows. And when you observe God’s rainbow world, recall that He is the God who remembers His people. He remembers those who love and cling to Him through His Son Jesus Christ. But He is also the God who does not remember your sin. How much more blessed can anyone be than that?