Brendan and I have returned from a trip to Israel. Jerusalem is a city full of the history about God Almighty in heaven and his dealings with His people on earth. He chose the descendants of Abraham as his people, Israel. We witnessed Jewish families, young and old, teenagers, young soldiers walking the streets of Jerusalem. I receive a Blessing in Jerusalem.
More than any other place in creation The Lord loves Jerusalem are the words of a hymn.
It takes time to settle back home after a trip. One has to readjust. Last Friday night Brendan and I were driving out to a friend’s house. It was raining in the midst of sunshine. When we turned a corner from our street in Belfast a double rainbow appeared ahead of us. The rainbow stayed with us on our journey out of town. A strong coloured rainbow rose from the horizon on the left in a large arc to the horizon on the right. Above it was a more faded rainbow.
We sometimes call ourselves the Rainbow Family. When we went on walks, at the beach, on journeys, a rainbow would appear in the sky to remind us of God’s presence with us, his love , his care and His faithfulness to keep His promises. God put a rainbow in the sky after the Flood. It is a sign and promise to Noah and mankind that God would never again flood the earth. There is a rainbow around God’s throne in heaven. Here is a reference to it.
1 Ezekiel v 25 and 29 And on this throne high above was a figure whose appearance resembled a man. All around him was a glowing halo, like a rainbow shining in the clouds on a rainy day. This is what the glory of the Lord looked like to me.
The display of the rainbow in the sky above us on Friday night spoke of that Glory of God around the throne. A little bit of heaven over Belfast.
If you are waiting for God’s promise to you, don’t give up. God is working it out for you.
I am so grateful that I was able to do some craft work during the present restrictions due to the Corona Virus pandemic. I have made some boat, cross and angel mosaics. I collect broken pottery and sea glass from my local beach. My favourite items I have created are the angels. I have some place mats I bought at Christmas time. They are mirrors with sparkly markings on the edge. The broken base of cups or saucers are suitable for my angels. Two broken pieces make up the wing and skirt of this angel shown in the picture. The upper body is made of a piece of brown bottle sea glass. The head is a piece of poetry from a broken jar. I like this particular angel in the photograph. The rim on the wing and the curves on the skirt remind me of the wheels with the Angels in Ezekiel.
“As I looked at the living creatures, I saw a wheel on the ground beside each creature with its four faces. When the living creatures moved, the wheels beside them moved; and when the living creatures rose from the ground, the wheels also rose. Wherever the spirit would go, they would go, and the wheels would rise along with them, because the spirit of the living creatures was in the wheels. When the creatures moved, they also moved; when the creatures stood still, they also stood still; and when the creatures rose from the ground, the wheels rose along with them, because the spirit of the living creatures was in the wheels.” Ezekiel 1:15, 19-21 NIV
Ezekiel saw a vision of angels. Millions of angels are around the throne in heaven worshipping God.
“Then I looked and heard the voice of many angels, numbering thousands upon thousands, and ten thousand times ten thousand. They encircled the throne and the living creatures and the elders. In a loud voice they were saying: “Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise!”” Revelation 5:11-12 NIV
An angel is allocated to each one born on the earth. Jesus said,
“See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven.” Matthew 18:10 NIV
Our angels watch over us and preserve us from harm. Human beings live on the earth but they have a connection to heaven while living here. Let us live in the light of this truth and respect little children.