We had a delicious grilled tilapia dinner at Rock Bottom in Cairo one Friday night. It was cozy and friendly inside, a nice escape from the shower that had come up so suddenly. When we walked out of the restaurant the sun was shining again and there before us above the parked cars, stores and utility poles was an entire rainbow stretching from horizon to horizon. We watched it for a long time, several minutes, then chose a way home that would give us more views. We talked about other spectacular rainbows we had enjoyed.
I guess the most amazing rainbow we ever saw was one that, like this one, was an entire bow, but unlike this one, the “pot of gold” ends touched down on rugged western mountains. As we drove across the tumbleweed scattered desert we felt as if we could keep driving and melt right into the splendid bands of pink, lavender, green, red, blue. We both gasped at the sheer beauty and worshipped God right there in the car.
We saw several rainbows in the spray from gigantic, roaring Niagara Falls. We realized why it is known for its rainbows. When we donned raincoats and took a ride in Maid of the Mist tour boat we entered heavy spray from the falls and felt surrounded by rainbows.
One day on a country road we saw a double rainbow, the only one I think we’ve ever seen. Children spraying water from a garden hose delight in “making” rainbows. I love to see the rainbows splashed on the floor from a prism I have hanging in my office window.
Rainbows–scientifically, spectrum separated producing different wave lengths, each reflected at a different angle. The definition escapes me when I try to explain it. But spiritually–now that I can remember! God set the first rainbow in the sky as a promise to Noah that never again would He flood the whole earth from Asia to Europe to Africa to Americas and Australia.
Remembering rainbows also reminds me of other promises God has made, such as: He will never leave me (Matthew 28:20); He will give me perfect peace if my mind is stayed on Him (Isaiah 26:3); He will supply all my needs (Philippians 4:19); He will be there for me when I’m afraid (Psalms 56:3); He will give me an abundant life (John 10:10) and eternal life (John 3:16); His words will never pass away (Mark 13:31). And hundreds more! Thousands more!
May you see a rainbow this very day! Enjoy the array of colors, the arch of the bow even if you can only see a piece of it, and feel a sense of awe. God still uses rainbows to remind us of His promises. And–which is more–He keeps His promises!