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Look at the Rainbows

I was taking my morning walk near our home in Florida. It had just rained. The sun was already shining as the last raindrops fell, making for a good chance a rainbow would appear.

I walked with umbrella in one hand and a home brewed cup of Starbucks coffee in the other. The umbrella was not so much for my protection from rain but for the purpose of keeping my strong coffee from being diluted by the raindrops! Okay, this last statement is not entirely true, but it’s within the realm of possible motives for me carrying an umbrella.

Then I saw it, a double rainbow! I kept glancing at the multicolored arches in the sky as I walked. On this double rainbow sunny/rainy morning I came upon a man pulling his wheeled garbage can out to the curb – yes, we have to do such mundane things in Florida, too! The man leaned forward as he pulled his garbage can, shoulders stooped, eyes to the ground. He wasn’t seeing the rainbows.

“Hi!” I said. Pointing out from underneath my umbrella with the cup bearing hand to the sky I said, “There’s a double rainbow!”

The garbage can-towing man glanced upward, “Maybe you’ll find something at the end,” he said, referring, I suppose, to the proverbial pot of gold. I walked on.

It occurred to me as I walked that the man didn’t see the rainbows because he was occupied with garbage. I couldn’t be too critical of the garbage toting man, however; it happens to all of us, even when we’re not taking garbage to the curb. It’s often easier to be downcast because of a less than ideal task at hand, sometimes moving on to grumbling or zoning out, and all the while failing to take an upward look at the good that we’re failing to see. The garbage of life can so easily distract us from the goodness of life.

Then, too, we sometimes can see the good but not the really good that’s in it. The garbage can-towing man eventually saw the rainbows but thought immediately of the fictional promise of gold at the end of the rainbow instead of God’s promise given to Noah after the flood. The man eventually saw the rainbows but not God’s intended message of a promise, even though in this instance God repeated Himself by displaying a double rainbow!

Finding good in each day is good, but giving thanks to God who is the giver of all good things makes the good even more good! Today is another opportunity to see the good. Today is another opportunity to experience the good God behind the good!

“And God said, ‘This is the sign of the covenant I am making between me and you and every living creature with you, a covenant for all generations to come: I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth.’” Genesis 9:12-13

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Photovotional — End of the Rainbow

RainbowEndSmallMy wife Diann and I were recently in Mexico visiting our daughter and her family. It was a difficult time because our five year old grandson Danny had just been through major open heart surgery to repair his heart that was missing a left ventricle. We were at Refuge Ranch, taking care of their other 17 children when we saw this rainbow. It was one of those rare times when it was close enough to see the end of the rainbow, within walking distance, just down the hill in the nearby small valley. Diann was wondering if we could experience being in the rainbow if we walked down there. I, being the one with the interest in such scientific things, said that likely not; we would not be at the proper angle to see the refraction of light that causes the rainbow.

“God is a God of promises,” Diann said in a soft, emotion-filled voice. I agreed. After the flood of Noah’s time God designated the rainbow as a sign and reminder of His promise to never again cause a world-wide catastrophic flood. In our case we didn’t take it to mean God was promising us that everything would come out well for Danny. We, however, did see the rainbow as a reminder that God is a God of many promises, and He keeps them! One of those promises — “God has said, ‘Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.'” (Hebrews 13:5)  I’ll be the first to confess that, though I believe this promise, I don’t always feel His presence in as vivid a way as I would like to, especially when I’m in the midst of a troubling situation. Oftentimes it’s only with 20/20 hindsight, when I get some distance from the situation, that I realize that the Lord was with me. (Note to self: remember that the Lord God is with me even when I don’t feel Him with me, because I will likely determine that He was, after the fact.)

Yes, we could have walked to the end of that rainbow, but we wouldn’t have felt it’s multicolored brilliance surrounding us. The presence of God is like that. It takes faith to believe that we are always living at the end of the rainbow of God’s presence!

Monday’s Reflection….