Fall has come to the Midwest and I have never seen such beautiful colors in all the places we have lived. Every time we leave the house, we are in awe again of the beauty of the leaves. Today was no different.

As we drove home from a meeting this morning, the kids and I again were pointing out trees of different colors, from the bright yellow to the crisp red. Wow is all I can say. I am thankful for fall because it is God’s grace to me. It is a picture He gives me of the change in life, change that can be challenging. But He shows me how magnificent change can be and teaches me to rest in the plan – His plan.

I do love fall, but today my daughter pointed out a much different reason to love it. She looked around us as we drove and said, “Mommy, it’s like we are surrounded by a rainbow.”  How right she is.

The rainbow originally, as most of you probably know, was God’s sign to both man and animal that He would never flood the Earth again. The words used though were “This is a sign of the covenant” (Genesis 9:17). God gave them a visual reminder of the covenant or promise He made to them.

Today we were surrounded by a rainbow literally, but everyday I am surrounded by the signs of His promises to me, from the sunrise that gives me a whole new day to His words of hope through Scripture. Signs of His covenant to love me and be with me are everywhere.

I am thankful for fall – for the beauty in change and also for being surrounded by a rainbow. I am thankful for the promises of hope and joy in this crazy world.

“When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life” (John 8:12).

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