(Forward to the book A Flood of Hope, by R. Lane Wright)
Since the time we were little children, we have heard the story of Noah and the Ark. We loved hearing of the great flood, and in particular about all the animals coming to Noah in pairs. Perhaps our fascination is that part of little children that loves animals, and water. We also love rainbows. This story has all the makings of a Grimm Fairy Tale. The seemingly innocuous story, with its beautiful images, and pretty pictures, yet somehow belying the dread and sorrow hiding just beneath the surface. While this may be perfectly fine for a children’s fable, it does great injustice to a story as compelling and insightful as the story of Noah, and the great deluge, and the promise.
The most significant difference, is hopefully the most obvious: this story is true. As we will see in chapters to come, the epic tale of Noah and his splendid ark did in fact happen. More importantly, the message it conveys to us is every bit as important today as it was to a persecuted prophet thousands of years ago.
In Genesis, the Lord says; “This is the token of the covenant which I make between me and you, and every living creature that is with you, for perpetual generations: I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth.”
Isn’t it interesting that the Lord is specific in his granting this covenant to “perpetual generations”? This sign was not just given for Noah, or those with him, or even those who knew him, but for everyone, even in the furthest reaches of time. It is a sign for us. It is a story for us.
But, how much of your time is consumed with worrying about a flood? I happen to live along the Mississippi River, and there are times when I do worry about a flood. It might inconvenience me, it might cause my basement to flood, it might even prevent me from getting where I want to go if roads are washed out. But, I do not worry that it will cover my house, or that it will cause me or my loved ones to be in danger, and I certainly do not worry that it will cover the earth. So, this promise seems a little foreign to me. Does it to you?
There are other floods I do worry about. Psalms 18:4 says “The sorrows of death compassed me, and the floods of ungodly men made me afraid.” Psalms 69:2 reads: “I sink in deep mire, where there is no standing’ I am come into deep waters, where the floods overflow me.” I can relate to these floods, they are very real to me. They trouble me, and those I love.
The Savior himself made reference to these spiritual floods in Luke 6:48 when he spoke about the man building his house upon the rock: “He is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock.”
The promise of the bow then, is also a reminder to us that the Lord has promised us, that by keeping his commandments, by being obedient, by building our house upon the rock, he will remember his promise and never allow us to perish.
The story of the bow is important because it is our story. The bow is a promise made to us and our families. We must understand it to take advantage of this amazing covenant.
And once we understand it, we must stand for it. In a world intent on drowning out a still, small voice with a cacophony of misinformation and misrepresentation, we are warned to remember, to stand, and to defend.
While others may be encouraged by evil forces to adopt the bow as a symbol of their own choices, we can be the guardians. As you will see, it is not simply a beautiful, colorful symbol, it is a token. A token of something important and valuable.
 Genesis 9:12-13