According to a 2013 study commissioned by 3M (the creator and manufacturer of Post-It notes), the average person forgets four facts, items, or events every day. Most people reading this blog post have left someplace to realize they forgot their keys, wallet, or phone.
Not long ago, a meme made its way around social media about how proud someone was of themselves because they walked into a room and actually remembered why they want in there – it was the bathroom, but still.
Reminders serve to help people remember things they might otherwise forget. Part 3 (Reassuring Reminder) of CCC’s Don’t Just Float series centered around the reminder God provided of the covenant he made with all living creatures on the earth following the flood.
Check out this part of Noah’s story in Genesis 8:21-9:16 and consider the following questions about where you can find yourself in the storyline.
- How many colors are in a rainbow? Can you name them without looking them up?
- What do you think it means that God was pleased with the sacrifice?
- What do you think it means to be made in God’s image?
- Why might God be “confirming” his covenant with Noah?
- For what types of things do we need reminders?
- How would you describe what the rainbow serves as a reminder of?
- Why do you think the rainbow serves as a reminder to God as well as people? What does it remind God of?
- What is the significance that the covenant God makes is an “eternal” covenant?
- What is the significance that the covenant God makes is with “every living creature”?
- How does this covenant reveal and reflect God’s grace?
- Why do you think God says 3 different times that he was confirming his covenant?
- What do you think of when you see a rainbow?
- What next steps will you take to be reassured of God’s desire for relationship with you?
There are almost 50 billion Post-It notes produced every year by 3M, and it’s been said they solve a problem nobody knew existed. But in reality, everybody knows people need reminders – it’s why people have tied strings around their fingers and smartphones have a reminder feature on them.
In the storyline of Noah, the rainbow serves as a reminder of God’s covenant to never destroy the earth by flood again. The rainbow serves as a reminder of God’s provision to humankind. The rainbow serves as a reminder of God setting in motion a plan to redeem the world and restore relationship between himself and humankind. The rainbow serves as a reminder of God’s grace.
Today is Monday – make it a day you take a step in being assured of God’s desire for relationship with you.