Like many folk in Northern Ireland I find myself following the government’s social isolation policy due to the Covid-19 pandemic which basically involves staying at and working from home 24/7. Like many others I really enjoy taking my ‘one form of exercise a day’ aspect of the regulation which allows you to leave your home for a brief period each day. In my case this involves a walk in my local area.
As I took my walk today the sun was shining and I enjoyed viewing some of the lovely sights of spring all around me. Lambs in the fields, daffodils in gardens and primroses starting to blossom in the hedgerows. In addition there was a lovely painting of a rainbow in one of the windows of the local primary school which is also displayed in the windows of many homes in the area. Thousands of children were being encouraged to make the pictures to ‘spread hope’ amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Students across the country are in lock down at home after the government ordered the closure of all schools in an effort to stem the spread of coronavirus. The idea behind the rainbows pictures is to make bright and colourful art which is to be put in the front windows of the homes of children “to make people smile”, especially those involved in the frontline of helping folk through this crisis. Many children have took up the challenge. What a lovely thoughtful and positive thing to do.
All this made me rejoice in the following promises of God found in the Bible about Spring Time and the Rainbow:
“While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night, shall not cease.” Genesis 8:22
“I have set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth. When I bring clouds over the earth and the bow is seen in the clouds, I will remember my covenant that is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh. And the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh. When the bow is in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth.” Genesis 9:13-16
“For behold, the winter is past; the rain is over and gone. The flowers appear on the earth, the time of singing has come, and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land.” Song of Solomon 2:11-12
As I reflected on these the following verse and chorus of a Christian Song written by William and Gloria Gaither came to my mind:
The sky seems gray above me
And I can't see the light of day
There's a ray breaking through the shadows
And the smile can't be far away
Thank God for the promise of springtime
Once again my heart will sing
There's a brand new day a-dawning
Thank God for the promise of spring
As we go through these hard and difficult days let us hold on to the promises of God realising that there is a brand new day a – dawning and thank God for the promise of spring.
The following are just four promises from God’s Word to hold on to in these days:
‘The Lord is not slow to fulfil his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.’ 2 Peter 3:9
‘Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”’ Hebrews 13:5
‘Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.’ Isaiah 41:10
‘If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.’ 2 Chronicles 7:14