Generally, when you see a rainbow, clouds are not too far away. To see a rainbow, you need sunlight and raindrops. Like glass prisms, raindrops break sunlight into different colors and reflect it to make a rainbow.
Some say that the rainbow comes after the storm. While that is true, it is also true that rainbows can come during the wake of a storm.
After God turned off the floodgates of the great flood, He told Noah that He would put a rainbow in the sky to serve as a reminder that never again would He destroy the earth by a flood. (See Genesis 9 in the Old Testament)
The rainbow was and still is a reminder of God’s patience to a fallen world. It is a reminder of His faithfulness. It is a symbol of His mercy and His grace and it is a symbol of peace.
Our warrior God, the One who fights for us, hung up his bow in the sky and promised to all humanity that never again would He send a flood to destroy the earth. He didn’t need the reminder – we did. A reminder of His faithfulness. A reminder of patience and of His grace.
When the storms in our life threaten to take us out to sea, raging wild, causing us to fear for our lives, it is sometimes easy to feel God has forgotten us and has left us to drown. But then the skies part just a teensy-weensy bit and what do we see? Raindrops. Millions of raindrops and one humongous rainbow. A reminder that He is in control. A reminder that He is faithful. A reminder that He is a God.
You can’t view a rainbow unless the sun is behind you. The light has to break through the prism of raindrops so a rainbow can been seen. And so it does. And so it will. The light of the sun breaks through the raindrops that have pounded hard upon us, trying to break us down and leave us feeling hopeless. And when the light passes through those drops of rain, it bends to create a beautiful rainbow.
How many times have you seen a rainbow and seemed to feel better? Either because you were awestruck by its beauty or because you were reminded of God’s faithfulness? He put that beauty in the sky for us, so that we would remember HE is in control. That He always keeps His promises.
There may still be clouds hovering above. There may be rain pouring down, but look for the Son and you’ll find a rainbow and there you will also find… Peace.
Did you know…
Because the raindrops are always ‘moving, the way we see the rainbow is constantly changing, and as two people cannot occupy the same place in space at the same time, every body sees a different rainbow. So, every time you see a rainbow, it’s God’s personal reminder to you that He never changes and He’s right there with you through the storms.