Last June outside the village of Batar, a neighboring village of Peterfalva, this beautiful scene unexpectedly emerged. The wheat in middle June beginning to turn golden for harvest, illuminated by the descending early evening sun. The dark clouds of an approaching summer thunderstorm. Falling rain in the distance giving the rising Carpathian Mountains a surreal deep sea blue color. Cutting through this creational portrait, a rainbow representing the God’s long ago promise to Noah to never destroy the earth by flood again. The beauty of God’s creation never grows old; it never grows tiring to take time out of busy day to gaze upon the majesty of God’s creation. This scene was particularly fitting for Ukraine. The yellow and blue flag of Ukraine represents a wheat field under a brilliant blue sky not so unlike this particular image. The rainbow not only reminded me of God’s promise not to destroy the earth by flood, but it also reminds me of all of God’s promises. Promises to never leave or forsake us if we believe in Him and put our trust in Him; a promise Ukraine and this whole world needs to be daily reminded of.
About Eric Hoeksema
Stacey, my wife, and I are located in western Ukraine, living with and working among a Hungarian population in Transcarpathia, Ukraine.