Wherever you are – stop – look around – we have it all right here and right now.
Why do we need to long for ‘over the rainbow’, when right here under it is where God has put us? Under this rainbow, sure there’s hard stuff, but there’s so much more. There’s birds flitting, there’s lizards darting. There’s green trees, there’s breezes blowing. There’s salvation and eternity ours now – not someday over somewhere.
“I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” (John 10:10b NIV)
When I focus on petunias overflowing, a one year old drinking from the garden hose, I’m reminded under right here is good. When tragedy strikes as it did last week only two hours from me – I can understand why not everyone thinks right here is so good. The thing is, for those affected that know Jesus, many tears will still flow. Hard days will be ahead. But God is right there with them in this most dreadful storm. But for those who don’t know Jesus, only fleeting condolences are left – and that has to be unbearable.
This won’t be the last tragedy in this world. But that doesn’t mean God doesn’t care. It means man continues to play out his sin led ways. It means the world needs Jesus more and more.
“Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?” (John 11:25-26 NIV)
When that is what we know, what our hope is found on, then here under the rainbow is bearable. I can hardly sit still when I think about our someday. When this body that sometimes aches and gets sick will never feel that way again – that’s something to look forward to. When there will be no more tears, no more moms with empty arms – that’s something to do a little dance about.
So today I choose to sing: Somewhere under this rainbow, God is good. His mercies never end. His grace takes away all my mistakes. His love covers me til I am overcome. His peace finds me in the midst of my worst fears. Eternity with God isn’t someday, it’s now – only it will be perfect when we see Him face to face.
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