And God said, “This is the sign of the covenant I am making between me and you and every living creature with you, a covenant for all generations to come:  I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth.  Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds,  I will remember my covenant between me and you and all living creatures of every kind. Never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all life.  Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth.” – Genesis 9:12-16

It recently rained here for about three days straight.  Personally, I have never really minded a rainy day and, to channel Eddie Rabbit, I have always loved a rainy night.  But I must say that rainy days take on a whole new meaning now that I have children (as do snow days.)  It simply means we cannot get out and play and anyone with young children knows that this equates to madness for all.

In a desperate attempt to add some spice to our Sunday afternoon, Susannah and I decided to get out and run a few errands – despite the torrential downpour.

As we were driving, I looked in the rearview mirror to see the “deep-thinking” look on the face of my firstborn that tells me I better hold on to my hat because she’s about to ask me a question I will fumble to answer.

“Mommy, is God punishing us for not obeying Him?” she innocently asked.

“Tell me more about that, Sissy,” I probed.

“Well, it has been raining FOREVER.  It’s like Noah and his family – God flooded the world because they weren’t obeying Him so I just was thinking that maybe He’s doing it again,” she replied.

Then I realized she didn’t remember the best part of the “Noah’s Ark” story.  The part about how God made a covenant with us.  The part that tells how He promised to never flood the earth again.  The part where He said He would never again destroy all life.  The part about the meaning behind the beautiful, oddity-in-nature rainbow.

I rehashed those key pieces with her again and assured her that no, God is not flooding the earth because we’re not obeying Him.

“Whew.  That’s good,” she said.

Cross that worry of her list.

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