As I walk around my local neighbourhood, I cannot help but smile as I see the painting of rainbows with the words “stay safe” in many windows. These rainbows have been painted by children to encourage us during the unprecedented measures of self-isolation. I don't know whose idea it was to start this trend, but I suspect that God had his hand in it!
I'm sure that Christians everywhere know that the rainbow was given to us by God as a sign of his covenant, in Genesis we read that God said:
“I establish my covenant with you, that never again shall all flesh be cut off by the waters of the flood, and never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth.”
In this time of global pandemic, how wonderful it is that we, knowingly or otherwise, have turned back to this great symbol of God’s love for us as we encourage and support each other. Personally, as a Christian, this also reminds me that there is a way through this, God will not allow the earth to be destroyed by this virus, he is in control.
More than this though, I am delighted that the rainbow symbol has become something significant once more for God. Having been adopted by the LGBTQ+ community for many years, it had become a symbol that championed all that is opposite to God’s will. Since coming out of that lifestyle I have increasingly seen the use of the rainbow by the gay community as a kick in the teeth aimed at God. Yet God will not be ridiculed, he will not be mocked, through this time of fear and worry for many, the rainbow has once more been championed as a sign of hope, of safety and of reassurance.
I believe that this offers us an opportunity to share God’s love still further. We too could place rainbows in our windows with Bible verses attached. We could place a rainbow on our Facebook feed explaining why it's important to us and sharing the love of God with others.
I almost feel like God has used this time to release me to confidently use this symbol of his covenant promise once more, without fear of people thinking that I am once again promoting a lifestyle that is far from God’s best for me. I am reminded Of the Bible verse that tells us that God uses all things for good, and in my first week of self-isolation he has used children in my local community, painting rainbows to go in their windows, to show me that I can now reclaim the rainbow for God!