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Rainbows of Mercy.

“But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.” The Lord is good to those who wait for him to the soul who seeks him. It is good that one should wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.”
Lamentations 3:21-26

We received a foster care placement call and immediately felt compelled to accept. Per usual, we hurried to the store to gather some important items for the children. As we were processing what this life change would bring to our “comfortable” lives, there was a brief temptation to become overwhelmed at the thought of caring for two children again. BUT, God was so quick to gently remind our hearts of His promises. Just as we were leaving the store, we looked up in the sky and saw not one but TWO rainbows! The rainbow has always been a symbol of God’s faithfulness in keeping His promises. He has promised to never to leave us nor forsake us (Matt. 28:20). He has promised to always provide for our needs (Phil. 4:19). He has promised that in obedience there is everlasting joy and peace (Ps. 16:11).

John Piper once said, “The worst of all times is the best of all times for missions.” This is so true. Sin entered the world through Adam and with sin came brokenness, pain, and death. But Jesus is near to the brokenhearted (Ps. 34:18). He entered into our broken world and suffered innocently at the hands of evil men. He suffered and died so that the curse of sin and death could be broken and hope could be restored through faith in Him. Jesus pierced the darkest hour of history with the brightest light of hope that this world has ever known. He is alive and He is actively making all things new.

Every single moment is new. Every moment is created completely unique by the God and Father who is upholding the universe by the word of His power (Heb.1:2-3). Every single moment of every single day God decides to be utterly faithful to His character and purposes. If you or a loved one are in a very dark place, do not be overcome with fear or doubt. Look up! See the rainbow moments of your life and believe that in this very moment great is God’s faithfulness. Jesus shouts in our pain, “I will pour down mercies upon mercies!” And for eternity past, now, and forever He is faithful to His promises.

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