I set My rainbow in the cloud, and it shall be for the sign of the covenant between Me and the earth. -Genesis 9:13 (NKJV)
I recently re-watched the 1979 comedy classic “The Muppet Movie,” and it opens with the beloved song, “The Rainbow Connection.” It’s a beautiful, fanciful song performed by Kermit the Frog that muses about how people love rainbows, their nature, and what their purpose might be.
As believers, we know that rainbows mark God’s promise to never flood the whole earth again. The Great Flood was indeed a terrible sign of a dark time, when mankind shunned God and chose to do their own thing. (Today doesn’t sound so different!) God regretted making mankind, and turned the whole earth into a watery grave to reset everything–except for Noah’s family, who would start humanity and fauna over again.
Kermit’s song asks why there are so many songs about rainbows, and what’s on the other side. The song goes on to explain that rainbows are visions and only illusions, with nothing to hide. The chorus of the song says that someday we’ll find the rainbow connection. But believers already know what the connection is: the rainbow is God’s reminder to us of His promise…and His promises are unshakable, no matter what’s happening in our lives.