Rainbows and Promises


I will put my rainbow in the clouds to be a sign of my promise to the earth.  Genesis 9:13

You are blessed for believing that the Lord would keep his promise to you.  Luke 1:45

Logan asked me “Mom, does God change clothes?” I said, Logan, let’s ask God that question. So he paused and then shook his head and said yes.  I asked him, what does God wear?  He said “Rainbows…rainbow shirts, colors, so He matches His hair and His face is rainbows too!  Everything is rainbows on Him.”- 4 yrs old

The brightness all around Him looked like a rainbow in the clouds. It was like the Lord’s glory. When I saw it, I immediately bowed down, and I heard someone speaking. Ezekiel 1:28

Landan was nervous walking up to his new intermediate school.  He would soon be looking on the list in the hallway to see his classroom pod color and his teachers he had been assigned for the new school year.  His only request was please God, no yellow pod.

His eyes scrolled down the list and immediately his smile turned to a frown.  He walked to the classroom and met his new teachers and somehow managed to keep it together and say hello to them.   He held back the tears until it was just the two of us in the car on the drive home.

Landan burst out as soon as he was in the car. “But WHY Mom?  WHY did God put me in the yellow pod? I just wrote him a letter before we left the house and put in my prayer box that said “God, can I improve on my spelling and can I have the best pod that you think is best for me and for me to have a good year and to make good grades? And also for my parents I thank you, thank you, thank you. I love you.” (I just went to look in his prayer box just now as I am writing this to get his exact words and as I am reading his letter, it brings sweet smiles to my face reading his sincere words.  He was 11 years old at the time)

So Mom, why would He give me the meanest teachers?  Tears streamed down his face.  I said, “oh, sweetie. I do not know, maybe you are meant to be a light to your teachers this year.” He shook his head as if he understood, then turned his head and looked out the window.  He said, “Mom, look, it’s a rainbow in the sky.  I think God is telling me it’s going to be ok.”

My Mom has been asking and believing for complete healing in her body for many years.  She has asked others to join with her to pray.  She has had arthritis, fibromyalgia, many aches and pains all over her body and she has had enough! Several months ago a man that was praying over her said, “I see you running through a field of wildflowers- pain free!” So my Mom has been holding on to that promise.  This past weekend she said I feel that God is healing me. I believe. Then she was given a word. You are blessed because you believe that what the Lord said He would do. Because of your faithfulness, your reward is full. She was given the scripture from Luke 1:45.

I remembered a billboard I had seen with a little girl on her mom’s back that read, “Thanks for giving me my Mom back.” I held onto that sign as a promise that God would heal and restore my Mom’s health and she would be able to walk, run, and play without pain. She is so young and has lots of life to live and her desire is to run free and play with her children and grandchildren.  We believe she is on the road to her healing!!

Our family recently went floating down the Brazos River in Rainbow, Texas.  I began to think of all the many promises that Jesus has given us.  Began thanking him for those we have seen come to pass in our lives and also in Embrace Grace.  He kept recalling something I had promised Him over 5 years ago.

I call it the Promise of a Lifetime.  Mainly because that was the song playing by Switchfoot when I was on my knees in my closet begging Jesus to let me live to see my children grow up and to be healed from blood clots in my legs.  I remember telling Him, Jesus I will do anything! Anything you ask me to do for you… I will do it!! Just please let me live…

Soon after, He began showing us the plans He had in store for us with Embrace Grace.  All it took was willing hearts. During that season we saw more rainbows in the sky than I have ever seen before.  It gave me hope.  A hope for a bright future.  He healed my body of the blood clots and gave me a promise of a lifetime.

Somewhere over the rainbow, way up high, there’s a dream that you dream of once in a lullaby. Somewhere over the rainbow, blue birds fly. Someday I’ll wish upon a star, wake up where the clouds are far behind me. Where trouble melts like lemon drops, High above the chimney tops that’s where you’ll find me. … Well I see trees of green and red roses too. I’ll watch them bloom for me and you. And I think to myself what a wonderful world. Well I see skies of blue and clouds of white and the brightness of day. I like the dark and I think to myself, what a wonderful world.  The colors of the rainbow so pretty in the sky, are also on the faces of people passing by. I see friends shaking hands, saying how do you do? They’re really saying I love you. I hear babies cry and I watch them grow. They’ll learn much more than we’ll know. And I think to myself what a wonderful world. – Over the Rainbow

Rainbow Gardening– grab some colored sprinkles

When to Plant: Any season, but rainbows grow best just after a storm.

Where to Plant: In the light of the Son

How to Plant: Assume a kneeling position close to the earth.  Dig a hole deep enough to hold the cause of your dark clouds.  Place the cause and  your seeds in the soil, cover with the earth, then rise and stomp with both feet.  Walk away in faith.

Harvest: When needed most.

A rainbow is a perfect picture of God’s grace!

What promises are you holding onto that have yet to be fulfilled? Maybe you too are seeking healing in your body or your child’s body, or searching for an answer, or believing for a certain “something” to come to pass.  Don’t stop believing.  Have faith that what the Lord has promised will come to pass in His timing.

I am thankful for the rainbows and clouds in our daily life.  It draws us closer to Jesus as we trust in Him.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.  Proverbs 3:5

 Written by Salina Duffy

4 thoughts on “Rainbows and Promises

  1. I love this! I read a post every morning right when I get to work to start with some encouragement (even if it’s an old post) and this one was perfect for me today. Thanks for writing this Salina. Love you!

  2. Salina, Yet again, you have touched my heart! Right where I needed it today…It amazes me how often I can focus on what I don’t see God doing and He turns my head to focus on what He is doing. Such a great reminder of His faithfulness. I love you, Thank you for sharing today! And for opening your heart and allowing God to speak to all of us through you!

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