February 22, 2017
A SIGN IN THE CLOUDS
Rev. Melanie Weiner
God said, ‘This is the sign of the covenant that I make between me
and you and every living creature that is with you, for all future generations:
I have set my bow in the clouds, and it shall be a sign of the covenant
between me and the earth.
Yesterday was a day of rainbows. As I drove to church, there was a rainbow spanning the freeway. When I went out for a short walk in the sunshine, there was rain in the distance and a rainbow lighting up the sky. As I drove home and came into view of the Santa Clara Valley, there was a double rainbow all the way across the sky.
We have been enduring a severe drought for more than five years. Summers have been warm and dry as usual, and winters have come and gone with little rain and less snow. Our reservoirs sank to new lows, and our green fields became brown and crispy.
But now water is falling from the sky! Glorious rain has filled the streams and reservoirs, and snow gathers in the alpine meadows. There has been flooding and traffic has been snarled, but think of all the cool water we will have to fill our glasses and water our plants when summer comes back around.
After the flood destroyed the earth, when the rain finally stopped and the waters receded and Noah and his family stepped down off of the ark, God made a sacred agreement with the earth never to wreak such destruction again. As a sign of that covenant, God placed the rainbow in the sky.
Whenever I see a rainbow, I take the time to remember that I am never without God, that God promises to always be present. Even when drought threatens our food and water supply or flooding washes away property, God is with us. This is God’s promise to each of us, written across the sky.