Mothers for Prodigals

Sunday, January 3, 2016

The Christmas Rainbow

For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord. They are plans for good and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. In those days when you pray, I will listen. You will find me when you seek me, if you look for me in earnest. Jeremiah 29:11-13 (TLB)

One angelic starlit night God launched His plan for the world’s re-creation. Sin had pervaded the earth since its initial creation. Depravity grew like weeds across the land. Animal sacrifices offered up to God for the Israelites by the Jewish priests were just that—sacrifices. These rituals did nothing to wipe away the wrongdoings of the chosen people. Evil saturated the hearts and minds of all mankind. A perfect sacrifice was needed to cover the continued acts of transgression with forgiveness. A sinless Savior was provided. 

With perfect timing, the divine Father of mankind stepped onto earth’s stage in the form of His very own creation. A baby boy miraculously born to a virgin uttered His first emerging cry one starry night and thirty-three years later this grown-up man voiced His last shout of accomplishment on the cross. To the human eye it seemed death ended the plan. Yet God’s vow to restore His creation arose in victorious resurrection three days later. 

Belief in the name of Jesus Christ and receipt of the forgiveness of sins ushered in new life to anyone opening their hearts and minds to God the Savior. This wonderful Re-Creator God still supplies deliverance and restoration to all who believe and receive His mercy and grace. Abundant life now and in eternity are promises of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

So why then do we struggle to live restored lives? Why do we allow fear instead of faith to invade our hearts, minds, and souls? Are we standing on the promises of God or focusing on the circumstances of life? Do our physical situations steal our spiritual joy?

I pondered all these things as Christmas approached. Would our family revel in the reason for the season and give thanks to God for sending Jesus our Savior? Or would we allow dissension, discord, disease, and death to cancel out our celebrations? Would the cloudy, wet, and rainy weather override hope of a picture perfect frosty white Christmas? As December rains flooded areas of the United States, the possibility of an ideal holiday diminished for many. Would the gathering gray clouds of life cause humanity to respond with sorrow or joy as the celebrations of God’s fulfilled promise drew near?

Christmas morning brought the answer to my questions. Dismal overcast skies threatened to dampen holiday joy until I noticed a rainbow in the sky. Gasping with surprise and delight, I ran to get my phone to capture this event (surely the shepherds and wise men would have taken pictures of the angels and stars if they had owned a camera). 

A Christmas rainbow—the fulfilled promise of a Savior wrapped in the age-old promise of a covenant-keeping God. A Christmas rainbow—sign of a faithful God who watches over His people with loving care.  A Christmas rainbow—a colorful reminder of a joyous life in Christ even as clouds engulf us. A Christmas rainbow—wow God, a beautiful gift to behold! Thank You!

For the free gift of eternal salvation is now being offered to everyone; and along with this gift comes the realization that God wants us to turn from godless living and sinful pleasures and to live good, God-fearing lives day after day. Titus 2:11-12 TLB


  1. Can't say it enough, I love the mood of your writings. They appear to be so Spirit lead. Okay then, my guess is that the wise men had an I-phone but needed help with the technology :). I can only imagine that the picture they took was lodged so deep inside their memory. It stayed there until the day they died (it had to be earth shattering). The questions to ponder were spicy, only to be followed by the answer from on high. How often does that happen in life? The rainbow saves Christmas, the moment, the day, as it points to these facts, He is King and He rules all things. You are that girl always looking to see her daddy vertically, how beautiful! Excellent Debbie! Keep that pen moving, you will move the hearts of many who need to hear the voice of God.

  2. You sure encourage me, Johnnie - thank you! You are that girl as well :()