“Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will remember my covenant between me and you and all living creatures of every kind. Never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all life.” Genesis 9:14-15
Since I was little, I’ve always loved rainbows. Every picture I used to draw would have them in it. I was fascinated by them, but rarely saw them when I was younger. Since moving to North Carolina it seems that they are much more frequent occurences. We get light afternoon showers here that will, more often than not, have a rainbow SOMEWHERE afterwards – the trick is to find it. This has become a bit of a game for me. Some people chase tornadoes. I chase rainbows.
Which brings me to this afternoon. I was working on some curriculum work for school when I began to hear the faint pitter patter of rain coming into my chimney. I looked out the window and sure enough – we had a rain shower with the sun still streaming through the trees. That was enough for me. I grabbed my camera, put on some shoes and out the door I went. I was looking for “my rainbow.”
I walked down the steps and up the block to the shopping center in the rain, camera in hand, searching for my rainbow. I kept saying to myself, it has to be here somewhere as I looked up at the clouds in the sky. I walked all the way around the ‘block’ and back to the apartment complex looking for my rainbow. But, alas, I never found it and I was kinda disappointed….and then I found myself having some other thoughts…
How often do I have some rain and even some stormy weather in my life and just when the sun starts to come out and things begin to brighten again do I start demanding my rainbow? That all will be well and there will be no more no more stormy weather? But that isn’t what the promise is all about. The promise isn’t that there won’t be storms, it’s that all will be well even though they happen. I won’t be destroyed, rather, I will be restored by the process and made new and fresh as the water begins to recede. I also can’t “demand” the rainbow to occur (as much as I might want to do so!). It is a gift, a reminder of mercy, hope, and love, which cannot be demanded, but must be given freely.
With this thought in mind, I still will chase rainbows, but I will also remember the promise