What Do You Do When You Can’t Find a Rainbow?

Written by Sherry Schumann

Sherry Schumann is an author of 2 books and prayer coordinator for Christian Grandparenting Network.

August 26, 2017

I peered over the steering wheel, my heart burdened by many things. Despite the rain pelting against the front windshield, sunlight streamed through my side window. Desperately, I searched the sky for a rainbow—knowing that if I spied a rainbow, my spirits would lift.

What do we do when it’s pouring, and we can’t locate a rainbow, no matter how hard we try?

My thoughts bounced around until they landed on the Old Testament story of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego found in the third chapter of Daniel. The three exiles remained faithful to the god of the Israelites by refusing to worship the golden image set up by the Babylonian king, Nebuchadnezzar.

Incensed and threatening the fiery furnace, King Nebuchadnezzar demanded, “And who is the god who will deliver you out of my hands?”

Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego answered, “O, Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to answer you in this matter. If this be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of your hand, O king. But, if not, be it known, that we will not serve your gods or worship the golden image you have set up.”

The outcome didn’t matter to the them. All that mattered was they served the One True God.

I pondered the exiles and their faith in the line of fire; and as I pondered, I recognized Nicole C. Mullen’s voice singing “I Know My Redeemer Lives” over the radio.

I realized that regardless of the outcomes of my burdens, I serve Jesus Christ, the One True God. This was the reminder, the rainbow I was seeking.

So, what do we do when it’s pouring, and we can’t locate a rainbow, no matter how hard we try?

We turn up the music and sing “I know my Redeemer lives!”

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