“ I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between Me and the earth.”
( Genesis 9 : 13 NIV )
I was struggling with a lot of frustration. It has been growing secretly for some time…festering slowly and manipulating my daily thoughts and emotions for many weeks, perhaps months or more . My discouragement was beginning to hold me hostage…demanding a ransom…or at the very least, demanding a response…..Instead of responding, I took quiet comfort in convincing myself I was not alone. There must be more like me hiding somewhere in the secret and safe places of humanity…. Wondering in silent amazement and continually asking themselves…just as I am, “what is happening to society?” “What is happening to the morals and values we once held so dear?”….But I was currently feeling completely defeated by the impending bleak outcome of this sudden downward shift….for it has plummeted so very far.
As a child of divorce I understand firsthand the breakdown of a marriage and how it shatters a once intact nuclear family forever…A jilted ex- spouse left picking up the bitter pieces of betrayal and heartache….The innocent children left dealing with issues of abandonment and rejection…The starving daughter void of a fathers’ unconditional love and the ensuing and stagnant poverty of only a mothers wage. The statistics are grim….even years ago….although I did not choose to be a statistic, I simply was for there is no denying the long lasting negative impacts of a divorce. It is very well documented on the entire family, on everyone involved…and on our society.
It used to begin without much fanfare…at least in the days of yesteryears. There were societal ills even back then, such as my parents divorce…actually ever since the fall of mankind…with evil always trying to prevail. Our hearts a constant battleground of evil versus good but there were topics not widely spoken of….Immorality was hidden from view….No public boasting of wrongdoings….A silent code of sorts that some today may argue as unhealthy but this silence seemed to stem from an inner self awareness of basic wrong versus right and a universal acknowledgement of evil versus good…A fundamental societal moral code of which we used to easily recognize but no longer possess the ability to do so.
This moral code is greatly declining. It is dissolving upon the stage of which is now viewed live by millions at one time. The deception so very great…but the recognition of this deception so very small.
“Woe to them who call evil good and good evil.” (Isaiah 5 :20 )….The line between the two now almost obsolete. So many unable to see this grave mark of distinction simply because there are far fewer who do not Fear Him and/or far fewer who do not Love Him…It is as simple as this blatant fact for His timeless Word is displaying so brilliantly…so vividly….all without error….and I am able to recognize this…
yet I am so discouraged….
My frustration and discouragement began to peak and overflow last week as I prepared for our weekly visit to our woods in the country. It quickly culminated into a profound state of fear. I always choose love over fear just because I do love Him so very much …yet on this day… my fear of God was suffocating and leaving me breathless. The end is well-written for all to read… but it is yet to be lived… good will prevail in the end….but the evil which exists currently is breathtaking….stunningly mesmerizing….and deceiving multitudes who deny its existence. It will eventually engulf those who do not recognize it leaving no one standing in its wake of destruction….
But why do I still clearly see?
As we headed south to our country place of refuge there appeared a magnificent rainbow…fully intact…its range of color so vibrant, and so vivid in detail . Stretching across His vastly enormous and endless sky and dissolving effortlessly into the horizon…as He gently and lovingly reminded me…yet once again of His promise. A colorful symbol created only by Him. Historically grounded in the biblical narrative yet at times stolen by a wayward humanity and used for another purpose. The same humanity which now increasingly denies the role of sinner…and the desperate need for a Savior….and so… the statistics remain grim. And our current state of upheaval and denial will only continue to grow more bleak….more discouraging. Yet He infuses me with hope when I am hopeless. And I am once again brought to my knees in complete surrender…….and in complete submission to Him.. reduced into uttering one simple but profound phrase…
“Thy will be done.”