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. Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will remember my covenant between me and you and all living creatures of every kind. Never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all life. Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth.” – Genesis 10:12-16
I had my camera handy when the rainbow appeared after the rainstorm that had driven us from the beach. It seemed to link two of the islands in the bay, touching the ocean at just the right spot.
Whenever I see a rainbow, those verses from Genesis reverberate in my head. Scientists I am sure could provide me with an explanation for the rainbow that involves light and reflection, but that is only part of the story. They are describing the what, they can’t describe the why. That missing piece is filled in by the story of Noah.
There are those who dismiss the story of the Flood as superstition from a bygone era. I would suggest that they have a narrow view of the world, that they tend to reject things outside their experience. They automatically reject the supernatural because it upsets their concept of the world. There are a lot of things though that we don’t understand.
Whether you accept the Biblical account literally or not, you should still be able to appreciate what the rainbow represents. It symbolizes hope, and new beginnings and the healing of broken relationships. Right now, when you read the headlines or turn on the television news and see what is happening, it is apparent that this planet could use some hope, some new beginnings and some healing of relationships.
So I am throwing that out as a challenge to you. Today is Monday, which is not most people’s favourite day, coming as it does after the weekend. Most of us are ending a weekend of relative rest and returning to school or work. Monday is not something highly anticipated. So as you look at the rainbow pictures accompanying this post, why not make this Monday different?
Ask yourself: “What can I do today to bring hope to someone’s life? What can I do today that is new (and interesting)? And who will I call/write/email today that I need to talk with about our relationship, because it really isn’t what it should be?”
Then go do it. Your Monday will be better for it!