“The heavens and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass.” (Luke 21:33).
“Pang, there is a possibility that I will stay in the hospital until I give birth…”
Those were Jeng’s words the moment I entered the hospital room four weeks ago. Upon hearing them, my knees wobbled, my mind swirled as I slumped weakly on the chair by her bedside. That was the last thing I needed to hear after so many weeks of high stress and intense pressure. This was Jeng’s second hospital confinement in a span of two months due to profuse bleeding brought about by a difficult pregnancy. I was tired. No, exhausted would be a more accurate word. Clearly, I was nearing the end of my rope.
Faced with the prospect of rising hospital expenses with no assurance that my son will be born into this world, I did what I usually do when faced with a mountain of a challenge.
I spoke from my heart and confessed my fears and anxieties to my God. Near tears, I begged God to show me any sign of His presence. I needed to be consoled. To be comforted. To be reminded. I wanted to hear His voice. I longed to feel his embrace. I thirsted for His soothing assurances. And then it happened…
My two daughters, ages 4 and 2, excitedly called my attention as they animatedly pointed to “something” outside the hospital window, “Papang, look! Rainbow!”.
With bated breath and with tears streaming down my cheeks, I watched what they saw: Two beautiful and gigantic rainbows bannered the dusky Manila sky right outside our window.
Yes, you read it right. Not just one, but two rainbows. One for me and one for Jeng.
But what’s with a rainbow anyway?
In the Old Testament, a rainbow symbolized God’s covenant to His people. For instance, after the great flood, God showed Noah a rainbow to remind Him of His promise that He will never destroy the earth again.
Naturally, seeing those rainbows four weeks ago reminded me of God’s promises in my life. That if I take care of His people, He will take care of me. That whatever challenges I go through, He will carry me. That no matter how big the mountain is, He will lift it for me. That’s why the tears flowed.
Reading today’s Gospel reminded me of this incident four weeks ago. Jesus says today: “The heavens and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass.” (Luke 21:33). In a sense, He says that even if the worst tragedy happens in my life, His faithfulness remains and His promises will be fulfilled.
Guess what? His promise to me is also His promise to all those who hold on to Him amidst challenging times.
Including you. So I urge you, whatever you are going through now, trust in God. You will soon see the light of day.
By the way, the day after that “rainbow incident”, Jeng’s bleeding stopped and she was sent home by the doctors.
Truly, when God promises, He fulfills. The rainbow says so.
Humbled by God’s love,