I left the kids watching another round of rain clouds forming in the sky, and went inside! Suddenly the door flew open and Ellie announced, "Grandma, come quick! There is a double rainbow!"
And there it was! Standing on their front porch and looking at the sky, a perfect full arch, double rainbow!
I got several pictures of the rainbows, but I especially love this one with the kids looking at the sky.
It was such an awe inspiring and simply beautiful sight. We all just stood and stared for the longest time. Then Ellie noticed something even more special.....
As the rainbow started to fade away, one portion became very visible and you could clearly make out ALL THE COLORS OF THE RAINBOW - even the violet (that is so often hard to see)! My picture really does not do it justice, but you could clearly see.... (as the song says)
RED, ORANGE, YELLOW, GREEN, AND BLUE, INDIGO AND VIOLET, TOO!
What an amazing thing it was to stand under that very bright and very clear rainbow with ALL the colors! It was indeed, a bright spot in a very grey and dreary day. And every though it wasn't the end of the rain that day, I know that as I reflected on the day, it was that beautiful "rainbow with all the colors" that stood out to me.
Sometimes you just need that one bright colorful thing to change a bad day into a really good day, don't you? I love the symbol of the rainbow and the Biblical promise to Noah that God would never again flood the entire earth. It is the also a symbol of hope and light after times of loss and darkness. Our family has been blessed by Grace, a "Rainbow baby". Bonus picture of Grace - just because!
I found this description of a rainbow baby and I love it! The time after Lucas died has felt like a storm with lots of darkness. Even in that time of dealing with the ravages of that storm, there was hope. We were able to hold onto the promises of the Bible, knowing that we would see Lucas again one day, and knowing that there would be a rainbow! When the sun shines through the clouds, the rainbow appears. Knowing that Jesus is always with us - even in those really dark and hard times - gives us hope!
As I was thinking about this, I decided that really the rainbow is all about HOPE! Before the storm, during the storm, after the storm, dealing with the effects of the storm...... when you think about that bright rainbow..... you have hope. Yes, I am so thankful for that very special rainbow with all the colors.
Jesus, thank you for always being with us. Holy Spirit, remind us when it is especially dark, or when storms are all around us, that the light Jesus will break through those clouds. Help us to hold onto the hope found in you. Thank you for letting me see through the eyes of the children around me. Amen