“Why can’t I see a rainbow every day?” This is the question that Sid the Science Kid asked his parents today on the show that my daughter was watching.
His parents replied with the following question. “Well, what did you see just before the rainbow appeared?” Sid answered that there was rain followed by sunshine.
As a “child of God” I have found myself asking Sid’s question. “Why can’t I see that beautiful rainbow each day?
Where is that big “Aha” moment today? Where is the wonder of God’s presence evidenced during this moment of rinsing dirty dishes in the sink or folding wrinkled laundry that waited too long?
And then I begin to hum a tune that soon leads me to the piano, and I find myself writing a song! That song becomes the sunlight shining through the rain of the mundane. And at that moment, God paints a rainbow on my heart.
Then there are those days of frustration, and we all have them, when I am sick and blowing my nose endlessly, and everything else around me seems to be falling apart. Then my daughter appears at the back door with a flower in her hand and a smile of anticipation on her face. “I picked this for you”, she says.
And as we hug, she becomes a little ray of sunshine that brightens my tired, rain drenched face. And at that moment, God paints a rainbow on our hearts.
And I know we have all had days in life when our faith is tested, and our minds are ridden with the “why” questions. For example, I may recieve a phone call that a loved one is ill or a friend of the family died unexpectedly.
So I sit down and open the Bible. I read, as the tears begin to trickle down my cheeks. And there, God speaks in a miraculous and unexpected way. And the light of His word is the sun shining through the rain of my pain. Guess what comes next? You guessed it, the rainbow!
What if there really IS a rainbow every day, and we just don’t always see it with our human eyes?
In Revelations chapter 4, John gives a description of a rainbow encircling the throne of God, so we know that a rainbow signifies God’s presence. God’s rainbow is his promise not to destroy us. And it is a beautiful symbol of his love and mercy.
In this life, we can pretty much count on some rain. But God is so loving and gracious that he seeks to remind us of his presence. It is vital, however, that we talk to God and daily fill our lives with the sunlight of his word. Only after that will we learn to recognize all the many rainbows that God is surrounding us with.