‘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 convenant between me and the earth.’ Genesis 9: 12&13.
I saw a rainbow after the rain on Monday. Did you see it? It reminded me of all the rainbow drawings in the windows, the symbol of that message of ‘thank you’ to the NHS and ‘stay safe’. I’m not sure where the rainbow idea originated, but it’s a good one, although the true significance will be lost on those not familiar with the story of Noah and the flood.
Doctors take the Hippocratic oath and nurses take the Florence Nightingale Pledge on entering their professions. This kind of promise is lived out in the hospitals and health centres all over the world, and never has that been more evident than it is now. Promise, covenant, oath or pledge are all binding, and to be taken seriously.
Next time you see a rainbow, the real one or one drawn by a child’s hand, think about God’s promise to us. That rainbow is a symbol of his everlasting care, his love and his mercy to the earth and it’s people. God bless you today in whatever you are doing.