Rainbows have been a part of the human journey since the beginning of time and a symbol linking mankind to the heavens. We, Christians, believe it is a promise from God. It is always humbling to look up into the sky and see one.
One of the myths told to children when I was growing up was there is a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Whenever one appeared, my siblings, cousins, friends and I would try to guess which street in the neighborhood it ended on so we could try and find that pot of gold. We talked about all of the bikes and toys we would buy. I guess that is what “chasing rainbows” is all about.
I know that we human beings have advanced enough to determine the scientific reasons that rainbows occur and I find that a little sad. But, recently, my feelings about it was uplifted when there was a double rainbow in my area after a great rain shower and people were stopping in their tracks to take pictures of it with their cell phones. Unfortunately, I had quickly left my home to go to the grocery store and forgot my cell phone at home. By the time I arrived home again, the rainbow was gone. However, I know one will come again.
What happens when you walk out of your home, office, or other building after a rain shower and look up to see a rainbow in the sky? Does that sense of wonderment grab you? I hope so. It is a good thing to still possess that child-like awe of rainbows.
When was the last time you saw a rainbow?
What did you do?