I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth.
Genesis 9:13 NIV
On August 12, 1938, the first meeting of the newly formed Niagara Falls Bridge Commission took place in Niagara Falls, New York. In 1939, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth visited Niagara Falls and dedicated the site of the Rainbow Bridge. On May 4, 1940, construction on the Rainbow Bridge began approximately 168 metres north of the previous Honeymoon Bridge which had collapsed two years previously.
When God wants us to remember something, He gives us a sign that is impossible to miss. When the Israelites crossed the flooded Jordan, for example, He had them go back into the riverbed, take rocks out, and build a memorial, so that from then on, the people would remember how the Lord had led them into the Promised Land. This wasn’t the first memorial God established. In Genesis 9:13 we read, “I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth.” God knew that in the post-flood world, a rainbow would appear often, as the rains ended and the sun began to reappear. Never again would He flood the entire planet. Sin would be eradicated by the sacrifice of His own Son on a cross, and He would build a new people for Himself. Every time we see a rainbow, we would be reminded of God’s plan to redeem the world that had been so damaged by sin. So the next time you see a rainbow, wherever it might be, remember that God is redeeming His world!
These have been words from the heart.