The story of Noah's Ark is pretty well known. We decorate our nurseries with cute boats and a cuddly old man (and sometimes his wife) and those adorable pairs of baby animals. And the rainbow.
Let's not forget the rainbow.
It's an odd choice for a children's tale. All humans (except for 8) drown in the flood. All the animals (except for those on the ark) die. Everything is destroyed in a cataclysmic rainstorm.
I bet there was lots of thunder and lightning. Scary thunder and lightning and dead things floating in the water.
This is not a great bedtime story.
But then we read "God remembered Noah and all the wild animals and livestock with him (8:1)." God remembered. And God made the wind blow to dry up the waters.
God brought everyone on the ark out and re-membered them - made them members again of God's creation.
And God made a covenant -a sacred promise - to never destroy the earth by flood again. And God placed a rainbow in the sky, so God would remember...
That rainbow which delights us is not to remind us of God's promise. No. It's to remind God of that promise!
No matter how bad things get, God will remember that we are God's children - prone to sin, but dearly loved by God nonetheless.
And that's a pretty good story for bedtime and every time!
Takeaway from today:
- God loves humankind and all creation - warts and all
- God promises to always remember us with love