Yesterday was a rough day. Allergy migraine. ‘Nuff said.
In the midst of yesterday’s pain, God sent me a rainbow through a blogging friend without her even knowing how God was using her. At the moment I saw it, I felt this thrill of joy and hope even in the midst of the pain and I just soaked it in like a balm.
When I woke this morning the pain was gone. THANK YOU ABBA! But along with the pain being gone, so was my energy drained by the intensity of yesterday. As I sat looking out at the beautiful morning through my kitchen window I was feeling trapped. I couldn’t see all that ragweed pollen outside my window, but I knew it was out there waiting for me. It felt like the world was my enemy and I was its victim … powerless to do anything about it. That’s when the Holy Spirit reminded me of my rainbow shield.
A few weeks ago I was on my acupuncturist’s table with an FMS flare. He remarked that he had seen so many patients that week with similar flares it had caused him to look for what could be triggering similar problems in so many unrelated people. What he found out was there had been very significant solar flare activity taking place. So much energy was being released by these flares that it was actually negatively impacting the electric grid of the northeast United States. Talk about feeling like a victim … what chance have I got against something that big? When I shared that feeling with my acupuncturist his response very much surprised me. “Not true. You are not a powerless victim. What I see is a rainbow bubble around you, but I’m not sure what that means.”
I immediately knew what it meant.
Now would probably be a good time to mention that my acupuncturist is also a christian who relies heavily on the Holy Spirit to guide him as he treats his patients.
Years ago I had an opportunity to visit Niagra Falls. As I sat there a beautiful rainbow appeared above the falls. What I heard in my spirit was “His voice is as the roar of rushing waters and this rainbow is a reminder of His promises to me, just as the rainbow was the sign of God’s promise to Noah.”
The rainbow bubble my acupuncturist was seeing – that was me encased and protected by the promises of my Heavenly Father. Still there after all these years, I’d just lost sight of it. OK, so maybe I’m not a powerless victim after all 🙂
I am not saying I “understand” how all this works. Which may lead you to the question why should I trust in this rainbow shield of promises around me? Here’s why, “because my Daddy says so”.
Children don’t understand most of what their parents tell them, but they trust in it “because my Daddy/Mommy says so”. That is the child-like faith Jesus invited us to have as we approach our Heavenly Father. Why? Because our Heavenly Father is the Creator of All (Is 42:5); He is the First and the Last (Rev 1:17); He is infinite (Job 36:26) ; He is Faithful and True (Rev 19:11); He has things no eye has seen, no ear has heard, nor has entered any person’s heart for those that love Him (1 Cor 2:9); He does understand it all (Job 42:2) and none compares to Him (1 Chron 17:2o) illustrated by the heavens declaring His glory and the earth showing forth His handiwork. (Psalm 19:1)
As I typed the words above, I saw this image of a scale. With every attribute of God that I typed the “weight” of my understanding appeared pretty inept compared to the weight of all that God is.
You may think otherwise, but my choice is to trust in this Self-Existent One (Ex 3:14) whose Name is Merciful, Gracious, Slow to Anger and Abounding in Loving Kindness and Truth (Exodus 34:6). This One whose attributes far out-weigh my understanding. This One whose promise to me is to prosper me and not to harm me, to give me hope and a future (Jer 29:11).
What does my rainbow of promises look like?
It looks like His faithfulness being my shield and protection (Ps 91:4). Only, my Heavenly Father knows I love bright colors (especially purple!) so He made His shield of faithfulness to look like a rainbow for me. He’s like that. He knows what I like as well as what I need and He combines the two.
Because He has done it for me, I know He can do it for you!