“The rainbow shall be in the cloud , and I will look on it to remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth." And God said to Noah, "This is the sign of the covenant which I have established between Me and all flesh that is on the earth." Genesis 9:16-17. 

Years ago on a flight out of West Palm Beach, Florida, we had just become airborne over the ocean when a boy sitting next to the window grabbed my arm. "Look out there!," he spoke, "Look!" What I saw was one of the most magnificent sights of my life. Reaching down to the surface of the ocean and rising overhead as far as I could see was the full, unbroken circle of a rainbow. The ring seemed to be a mile wide. Its’ color was indescribably brilliant with the lower part appearing to rest on the surface of the water. There was not a gap in it--just the breathtaking color of God's awesome “Sign of Covenant.” Genesis 9:13. The boy and I stared at it–unmoving--until our plane turned and left it behind. 

Leaning back in a state of awe, a series of revelations began flooding my mind–like giant ripples coming inward. In that intense moment I understood more about the Glory of God than ever before. For the first time, I had seen God's Sign of Covenant in both its’ natural and spiritual reality. The impact was awesome. Genesis 9:13. A short time before, I had learned that the rainbow is actually a complete circle. From our earthbound view we see only a ‘bow” or half. To behold the ring’s full circumference we must be above the earth looking down.

The spiritual message is this: On earth we have only a partial view; Heaven alone has the total picture. Not until we are with God will we be able to look back and understand His total purpose in our lives. Events that now seem unfair, disappointing, painful, will then be viewed through the complete ring of His providence and grace. Only then, "We shall know as we are known." I Corinthians 13:12. Sitting there on the plane this fact seized me: All truth, whether it comes from Scripture or valid scientific discovery, points toward one ultimate reality: God is One; God is love; God is power. At best, our limited, earth-bound view reveals only fragments of His incomprehensible nature. That being true: Presently, we grasp only a fragment of the purpose and strategy of God. Not until we are in Heaven looking back at our personal history will we be able to understand the full-scope of His plan and purpose in our lives. In spite of hazards and crisis we experienced, God made “all things work together for our good.” Romans 8:28.

When life is unfair, disappointing, painful, we need to be reminded that the view from above will be very different from the one we see below. Believers who comprehend this holy truth now, acknowledging themselves as already seated with Christ "in heavenly places," Ephesians 1:3,20. will find it releasing incredibly wonderful wisdom within them. Jesus, the One by whom the "worlds were framed," Hebrews 11:3, John 1:1, is the “fullness of the Godhead bodily”. Colossians 2:9. His Resurrection, as an explosion of that Unity, Love, Power, defeated every opposing principle of disunity, hatefulness, and weakness, in the Universe. Paul asks the most pertinent Covenant question in the world and then proceeds to answer it: “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written: For Your sake we are killed all day long; We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:35-39.  

Chas