Stars and Rainbows

“When it rains, look for rainbows. When it’s dark, look for stars.”

It was one of those “motivational quotes” printed on the front of a folder in a store we were shopping in. Normally, I wouldn’t have looked at it twice. But that saying stopped me in my tracks. I couldn’t stop staring at the folder.

Not because there was anything special about the folder…just that quote. Normally those kinds of motivational quotes are cheesy, have no depth to them, and are sometimes just plain annoying. xD But this one was different. Not because of the quote itself, but because of all the connections that it made in my mind…all of the reminders of what God had done over this past year.

This past year has been so different than any other year of my life. I’ve experienced things this year that I’ve never experienced before…things that I never would have guessed would happen. Not the way that they did. I think back to life previous to the summer of 2021, and the memories feel like a lifetime ago. 

And yet, through it all, God is good. He is faithful, and no matter the tears, the pain, the trials, the weakness…He has never left my side. And He has used it all to teach me so much. 

Two of the biggest things that He used to remind me of His faithfulness over this past year were…stars and rainbows.

Stars. There is a quote that has been one of my favorites ever since I first read it in 2020. “God’s promises are like the stars: the darker the night, the brighter they shine.”

 How true is that? Something that I have always loved to do is stare up at the stars on a clear night. It’s so breathtakingly beautiful. And truly, it’s on the darkest of nights that the stars shine the brightest. When you’re looking up at all of those beautiful stars…your heart just can’t help but sing in praise to the God who made them all.

 There are so many incredible promises in the Bible connected to stars. One of the first being the promise that God made to Abraham, a man who was old and without any children of his own.

“And He brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: and He said unto him, So shall thy seed be.”

~Genesis 15:5~

This wasn’t an easy promise for Abraham to believe…he had to be reminded of it many times throughout the course of his life.

“That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies;”

~Genesis 22:17

“And I will make thy seed to multiply as the stars of heaven, and will give unto thy seed all these countries; and in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed;”

~Genesis 26:4

But even though his actions didn’t always reflect his belief, in his heart he did believe that God would somehow fulfill this promise, and God counted his faith to him for righteousness.

And he believed in the Lord; and He counted it to him for righteousness.”

~Genesis 15:6

And, when the proper time came, God did fulfill His promise. Abraham had a son, and from that son came the entire nation of Israel. God continued to use His analogy of the stars to remind Israel that He had fulfilled His promises to them in the past, and would continue to keep His promises into the future.

“The Lord your God hath multiplied you, and, behold, ye are this day as the stars of heaven for multitude.”

~Deuteronomy 1:10

“Thy fathers went down into Egypt with threescore and ten persons; and now the Lord thy God hath made thee as the stars of heaven for multitude.”

~Deuteronomy 10:22

How beautiful is that? Even from the very beginning of the Bible we see the stars used as a symbol of God’s faithfulness in keeping His promises. But wait – there’s more.

 Psalm 8 is another chapter that uses the stars to illustrate just how incomprehensibly amazing God’s faithfulness to us is. He starts out by praising the Lord for how excellent His name is in all the earth. Then he goes on to say: 

“When I consider Thy heavens, the work of Thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which Thou hast ordained; What is man, that Thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that Thou visitest him? For Thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour.”

~Psalm 8:3-5~

After declaring the Lord’s excellence, David goes on to consider just how vast and amazing the moon and the stars are – these are the works of God’s hands! And this realization leaves David in awe…the God who created all that is in the heavens, this same God is mindful of man! In all the vastness of creation, the Lord takes notice of us! He has given us a place of honor in His creation even though we are such a small part of all that He has created! What amazing love!!

 How beautiful is that?! The Lord who created everything takes notice of us, He is faithful to us, He loves us. He is so intimately involved in our lives that He knows our inmost being…He keeps record of every tear that we cry.

“Thou tellest my wanderings: put thou my tears into thy bottle: are they not in thy book?”

~Psalm 56:8

 Psalm 139 is such a beautiful reminder of this. While it doesn’t mention stars directly, the entire chapter is about how vast and incredible our Lord is…and yet He knows everything about us. We cannot go anywhere where He will not be there with us. In fact, His thoughts toward each and every one of us are more in number than the sand!

“How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them! If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand: when I awake, I am still with thee.”

~Psalm 139:17-18

We cannot even begin to comprehend the love that is described here. The Lord, the God who created all of the stars and knows each and every one by their names (Psalm 147:4), He knows us, and He will never leave us or forsake us! The stars – what a stunning picture of the faithfulness of our Father!

 But this isn’t the only thing that the stars are used to describe. While memorizing for the National Bible Bee last year, one of the passages I memorized left me in awe at yet another picture that the Lord uses the stars to show us.

“And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness

as the stars for ever and ever.“

~Daniel 12:3~

 While at the National competition, on the first night after the opening ceremony, I got to have a treasured conversation with two friends about some of the things the the Lord had been teaching us and showing us through His Word. Somehow, we had gotten on the topic of stars and God’s faithfulness, and one of my friends shared a story with me about how God has used a shooting star to remind her of His promises at a moment when she needed that reminder the most. And then we started discussing Daniel 12:3. 

 One of our mutual friends had gone to be with Jesus just 3 short months before, and being at Nationals without him was hard. But even though he was only 16 when he passed, he had left such a radiant testimony for Christ – so much so, that God was using his testimony to impact people that he hadn’t even met. There, during that discussion, we realized just how well that verse described Nehemiah’s life. He had lived his life radiantly for Christ, living every moment to point others to Him, and even after his death, his testimony shined so brightly for Christ. His testimony shone like a star…continuing to point others to the Savior.

 After all the the Lord had been teaching me about His faithfulness through the examples of stars in the Bible, to now have another picture of how the Lord uses stars to describe those who shine as lights for Him, and to have just seen such a radiant example of this verse in my friend…oh, it was overwhelming to say the least. The next day, during my oral recitation round, I received Daniel 12:1-3 as one of the passages I was to recite…I could hardly hold in my tears at the end. 

The words don’t seem to be coming out right…I can’t seem to rightly describe how greatly the Lord has used stars as an example of His faithfulness in my life…even in the hardest and darkest of times, His goodness shines forth so brightly! All I can say is this: The Lord is good. And when I see the stars, they remind me of His goodness. They are also a reminder of just how big of a difference one life lived wholly for Christ can make.

 So when it is dark…look for stars. They will always be there. Not literal stars, of course, but those reminders of God’s faithfulness. They will always be there, because God is always there. And He is faithful. In this dark world, shine like a star. Live to point others to Christ. You never know just how big of a difference God will use your life to make.

Rainbows. Those beautiful reminders that come right after a storm. A symbol of the promise that God made to Noah…He would never flood the whole earth again. And He has kept His promise.

“I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth. And the bow shall be in the cloud; and I will look upon it, that I may remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is upon the earth.”

~Genesis 9:13, 16~

This covenant rainbow came after one of the darkest times in human history. The world was so desperately wicked that the Lord had just destroyed the entire world with a flood, sparing only Noah and his family because he was walking with the Lord. So there Noah was: he and his family had just exited the ark, and were getting ready to re-start their lives from scratch. And that’s when God gave him a promise. It would never happen again. The world would never, ever be destroyed with a flood again. And the rainbow was a token of that promise, a covenant from God that would never be broken. And so, when we see a rainbow today, it is a reminder that God is faithful. He hasn’t broken His promise, and He never will.

 As if the stars weren’t enough, now we have a second beautiful reminder of the faithfulness of our Savior!

 Rainbows are another thing that the Lord has been using to remind me of His faithfulness for awhile now. I had done a whole post about rainbows back in 2020. But like the stars, rainbows would be given a whole second dimension of meaning to me over this past year.

 My friend Nehemiah had sent me a photo of a double rainbow that he had taken in his yard back in early 2020. Me, being an artist and especially loving to sketch things from pictures, did a sketch of that photo because it was so beautiful. “Double Reminder”, I had titled it.

And then came August 2021. The week between when I got the news and when we went to the funeral…I don’t think I’ve ever been more of a mess. I have never experienced anything like the pain of losing a friend. 

And then I saw the sketch. The double rainbow. The reminder. My mind traveled back across everything that the Lord had previously used rainbows to remind me of. His promises, His faithfulness to keep them. He has promised to be with me. And so rainbows became the special reminder that I clung to that week. 

 When we were in the car traveling back home after the funeral, that’s when He sent it. A double rainbow. Not just a single rainbow…a double rainbow, just like the picture. Bright and radiant, right there in the sky. Oh Lord, You are so, so good!!

I broke down, overwhelmed by everything that the Lord was doing. I had just been at a funeral that had given me a glimpse of all the incredible things that the Lord had done through the short life of my friend, and what He was continuing to do through his testimony…to first see that, and then to have the Lord send a double rainbow on the way home…my heart was completely overwhelmed. I have seen it so many times, and yet each time seems to grow more and more beautiful. How the Lord sends exactly what we need, exactly when we need it…there are just no words to describe it. He is so good!

 Another thing about rainbows…they can only exist when both the sun and the rain are there. You can’t have one without both. Sunny, happy days don’t make rainbows. The storm is there for a reason. God is going to use it somehow. We may not understand why right then, but that’s okay, because God does. And He is going to work it all out for good. And so in the midst of the storm, remember that God is the light. And where there is both light and rain…there is a rainbow. A reminder of God’s faithfulness through the storm.

 I like to think about it this way…God is the light, and these tears that we shed are the rain. Even in the midst of the pain and the tears, God is there, the shining Light. And as His light shines through the hard times, through the pain, through the tears…there is a rainbow. A reminder of His faithfulness, and His promise that He will work all things out for good in the end. He is using this.

So now, double rainbows are a true double reminder to me. One, that God is faithful, and that He keeps His promises. Two, that He is using this storm for good. I may not understand right now, but someday I’ll see the complete picture. And then it will all have been worth it…because He will have been glorified.

When it rains, look for rainbows. They will always be there. Not literal rainbows, of course, but those reminders of God’s faithfulness. They will always be there, because God is always there. And He is faithful. But you never know, He might send you a literal rainbow right when you need it the most. Because He loves you, and He knows you. More than you could ever comprehend. 

And someday, we will get to see Him face to face, in a place where there will never be another storm, never another tear. But guess what: in that place where the storms don’t exist…there will be a rainbow around His throne. (Revelation 4:3) Because His faithfulness endures forever. ❤

 And so, dear Believer…when it rains, look for rainbows. When it’s dark, look for stars.✨

 “Therefore the redeemed of the Lord shall return, and come with singing unto Zion; and everlasting joy shall be upon their head: they shall obtain gladness and joy; and sorrow and mourning shall flee away.”

~Isaiah 51:11

 To be completely honest, I didn’t want to write this today. I haven’t wanted to write for a long time…words hurt sometimes. But I felt like this was something that I just needed to do today…so here it is.

Keep pressing on in the Lord, dear friends. I know that it’s hard sometimes, but He is faithful. And while it may be hard to take that next step, it will be worth it in the end. We’ll get to see the full picture, and we’ll understand someday. Look for the little reminders of His goodness that He has placed in your life. He has you here today for a purpose – so live today for His glory. ❤

💖 Always in Christ,

Sierra

The LORD is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble;

and He knoweth them that trust in Him.”

~Nahum 1:7~
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4 thoughts on “Stars and Rainbows

  1. Oh Sierra. Thank you for following the Lord’s leading and writing this even though it was hard. *Hugs* I can tell this is a very special post. Words do hurt so desperately sometimes, but dear one, these words were so beautifully encouraging and God glorifying. Praise the Lord for His faithfulness. He is so, so good. Won’t it be amazing when we are all gathered around His throne, like the rainbow, singing of His faithfulness? ❤️Josie

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  2. This was just so beautiful. It’s bringing tears to my eyes seeing how good and how faithful our God is! I absolutely LOVE how God uses His creation to remind us of His greatness! Thank you so much for sharing, Sierra!

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