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Chasing Rainbows

Posted on: July 3, 2014

As my son and I headed to our music lessons last night, the sky to the north was the colour of lead. Given that and the humidity, rain would’ve been no surprise.

But as I stepped outside after my lesson, I saw something amazing: a double rainbow.

It might not be rare, but I’d never seen one before, and I wished I had a camera so I could snap a photo to show my son. (The best I can do is suggest a visit to the Weather Network’s website.) I could only say, “Wow. That is so…beautiful.”

And then I remembered what God told Noah about rainbows after the flood:

“When I bring clouds over the earth and the bow is seen in the clouds, I will remember my covenant which is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh.”

~ Genesis 9:14-15*

When we have a spiritual “dry spell”—when we feel as though God is far from us—we have only to look to nature to see how close he is. Notice a cooling breeze on a hot summer day when we’re gardening. Warming rays of sunshine on a chilly winter morning. Crocuses springing to life after a long winter. Refreshing rain after some humid weather, and the rainbows that follow. Just read chapters 38 to 41 of the book of Job for more thoughts on God’s work in nature.

If we need reassurance that God is everywhere, that he hears our prayers and knows what we need before we ask, we can look to creation. We can praise God for the beauty he shares with us and the constant reminders he gives us that he is present, if only we’re willing to notice them.

Praise him, sun and moon,

praise him, all you shining stars!

Praise him, you highest heavens,

and you waters above the heavens!

 

Let them praise the name of the LORD!

For he commanded and they were created.

And he established them for ever and ever;

he fixed their bounds which cannot be passed.

~ Psalm 148:3-6

(*Scripture quotes taken from the Holy Bible, Revised Standard Version, Second Catholic Edition.)

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Food for Thought

(Y)ou do not know about tomorrow. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we shall live and we shall do this or that.” ~ James 4:14-15

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