As I was driving home today, wipers on the car going because of the rain, and the sun visor lowered because of the glare of the low sun, I looked in the rear-view mirror and saw a beautiful rainbow. We all know what a rainbow looks like, but what does science say a rainbow is? Well, it explains that arch of beauty in this way: “A rainbow is an arch of light exhibiting the spectrum colours in their order, caused by drops of water falling through the air. It is usually seen in the sky opposite to the sun at the close of a shower and also in the spray of waterfalls. The colours can be seen however, only when the angle of reflection between the sun, the drop of water, and the observer’s line of vision is between 40 0 and 420 . When the sun is low in the sky the rainbow appears its largest.” All that, to explain that arch of many colours!
Things have seemed a little stressful for me over recent months, watching a beloved sister die of cancer, a husband hearing his job is going, a daughter’s broken engagement, and then her going overseas. Just as we only see a rainbow when there are clouds, rain, and a sun low in the sky, sometimes I have not seen the many hues and colours of God?s love and the love of others, until the clouds of adversity have come along.
When things are going well in our lives, when the sun is shining brightly, seemingly high in the sky, we can’t see the beauty of a rainbow, and we may miss the many and varied colours of His love towards us. The sky must darken, the sun set much lower, and rain must fall before the conditions are right for a rainbow. Sad as it is, and so devastating at the time, sometimes we see our Lord more clearly, and walk more closely to Him when the things in our life are less than rosy. If this is not so, then we see, often through the loving acts of our friends, how the Lord ministers to us, and the colours of that love are beautiful. Once more He reminds us how much He loves and cares.
We don’t like the brightness to go out of our lives, nor the rain to fall on us, but there is a quote that says, “Into each life, a little rain must fall” – rain because it cleanses, and because it is the means to make a rainbow.
When I see that arc of colours, I am uplifted by its majesty and beauty, and it reminds me of the trustworthiness of a God who said, ” I will see the rainbow in the cloud and remember my eternal promise to every living being on the earth.” Gen. 9:15.
If the sun in your life has sunk, if the clouds of adversity have come down and you feel as if you are drowning in your tears, look up and see God’s reminder that He will never leave or forsake you. The colours of His love will be around you if you lift your eyes to see, for no-one ever saw a rainbow with their eyes on the ground!
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