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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

When You Actually Write About Rainbows and Hope Someone Takes You Seriously



I saw this picture the other day:
 

I thought it was beautiful... profound...

I do a lot of joking about rainbows and unicorns, lately.  It's funny, because I didn't even like unicorns until recently, but my five year old daughter loves them, so now I love them, too.  Rainbows, though?  I have always loved rainbows.  Perhaps not ironically, I have also always loved rain.  And by rain, I mean the shaking the house thunderstorm kind of weather.  I could probably be a storm chaser, but I was reminded, just yesterday, that just because I can do something doesn't necessarily mean I should...

Rainbows are interesting, because they are so stunning, yet fleeting.  You can't touch them.  You can't even get close.  They appear, and then they're gone.  It would be sad if they didn't represent something that lasts.

Genesis 9:16, "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" (NIV). 

I wonder why God chose something so fragile as a reminder of something so strong...

People are also interesting, because they are so striking, yet fleeting.  Often, you can't touch them.  Getting close might be the greatest challenge yet.  They appear, and then they're gone.  It would be sad if they didn't represent something that lasts.

Psalm 39:5b, "Everyone is but a breath, even those who seem secure" (NIV).

I wonder why God chose someone so fragile to embody God's very image, to bring hope to the world...

May we use these brief moments to participate in something that will go on and on, forever, for the sake of others... for the sake of redemption.

L.

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