The Importance of Signs

Tomorrow I am preaching on the story of God placing the rainbow in the heavens and his promise to Noah that the Almighty will never destroy the earth by flood again. I started out thinking that this was a nice little neat children’s story and that everything is just pretty and “cute.” Immediately I had to take back my initial assumptions. The story of Noah is one of tragedy and loss. It is about rediscovery and survival. It is about hope and the radical sacrifices that we see God make to restore a relationship with the created.

I will stop right there, because I do not want to give my sermon away. What I find interesting is the wording that is used in verse 14-15, “When I bring clouds over the earth and the bow appears in the clouds, I will remember the covenant between me and you and every living being among all the creatures. Floodwaters will never again destroy all creatures” (CEB). The rainbow was created by God to remind God of the covenant.

What? God even needs a sign to remember his promises? This certainly reassures me of my unending reliance on notes, calendars, alarms, etc… I need to constantly be reminded of just about everything in my life. Spiritually, I need to remember to write through these forty days. When I sit to write this blog, it is my hope that I may recall the incredible blessings that come from God.

Maybe tomorrow when I pray after the children’s sermon I may really be saying, “Thank you for rainbows that remind us that God has a sign to remember His promise to us.” I pray that I may see my congregation tomorrow and remember that everyone in the room is a sign of God’s love for humanity. Thanks be to God!

Published by joekmac

I am a pastor in the United Methodist Tradition. I am the Pastor of First United Methodist Church of Belen in the New Mexico Annual Conference. I am married to Cazandra and have two sons with hemophilia.

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  1. The sign I use to remind myself of something is to switch my watch from the left wrist to the right. Since God is the alpha and omega, the holy one wouldn’t have a watch so has to use a rainbow.

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