The other morning as I was driving in towards town the sun and clouds were playing tag, and lingering snow showers threatened to re-cover the sidewalk I had swept before leaving home.
I noticed one particularly dark cloud hovering overhead and found myself scanning the sky for, of all things, a rainbow. After a troublesome night with a nasty dream that just wouldn’t go away, I felt I needed that little bit of reassurance that God is still in control of all things.
Rainbows are also a reminder that God keeps his promises — he always has and always will.
But keeping promises is something that seems to be rare in today’s society. Promises are so easy to make, and even easier to break. A promise doesn’t have to be a pledge to do something great for all the world to see; it can be something very simple.
In one of my favorite movies, “Overcomer,” a basketball coach tells a hospital patient “I will pray for you.” A few days later, when asked if he had prayed for the patient, the coach had to admit he hadn’t kept that promise.
I hate listening to political speeches, because for the most part they are filled with promises that most likely will never be kept. Right now we are blessed to be a nation where one person doesn’t have absolute authority over everything that happens. As we listen to the promises being made, we know there are many others who will also have a say in those decisions. I guess the lesson here is that we need to be aware of all circumstances before we make promises we may not be able to keep.
Breaking promises often hurts other people, but in the long run the one who made the promise is hurt the most. How can that be, you might ask. It doesn’t take long for someone to know when a person is a promise-breaker. And sad though it may be, people do talk. Soon many people know who keeps the promises made and whose promises are like chaff on the wind — here for the moment and gone before you know it. Also gone with the broken promise is the trust and confidence in the person who made it.
Did I see a rainbow that morning? No. Do I still have hope in God’s promises? Absolutely. Will I see a rainbow tomorrow? Maybe.
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Thought for the week — Don’t ever promise more than you can deliver, but always deliver more than you promise. (Lou Holtz)