Last week, my family and I went on vacation. We stopped in New Orleans for a couple of days, showing the boys where Sonya and I lived while attending the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. From there we traveled to Florida for a few days at the beach. Fortunately, Green Peace was not there trying to roll me back into the ocean! Our final leg of the trip had us driving through Nashville and on to see Susan, my sister-in-law, Steve's wife. The weather, though in other parts of the country it was treacherous, was perfect for the entire trip. Driving north on I-65, we had just passed the place on the interstate where I-24 and I-65 split when we encountered our first dark cloud of the week. This spot is not far from the exit to go to Steve and Susan's house, when in the midst of the clouds there was a brilliant rainbow! Wow! It was breath taking. As the seven colors of this magnificent sight melded together many things went through my mind.
In God's word we are told (Genesis 9) "I have placed my rainbow in the clouds ... Never again will there be a flood that will destroy all life."
God never promised that there would not be storms and turbulent struggles while we are here on this earth. However, He did promise us hope. The rainbow that day gave me hope of a God that loves me and cares about what is happening in my life. He loves and cares about you too. Though the storms of life may be raging in you, God is there to protect and guide.
So whether it is Judy Garland, Norah Jones, or Israel Kamakawiwo'le whenever I hear the song "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" I will know that "Someday I'll wish upon a star and wake up where the clouds are far behind me."