My mother told us kids that leprechauns put a pot of gold at the end of every rainbow. Of course, we kids were young and gullible and believed what she said. We really wanted to get that pot of gold and thought of ways to spend it. Every time we saw a rainbow, the end was always too far away!
Then one day while the sun was out, there was a light rain. A rainbow began to form close to our house. I looked outside and could see that it ended near our woods. I called my siblings to the window. We were so excited and went and told my mother! She told us to go out and see if we could get that pot of gold, and off we went.
The closer we got to the rainbow’s end, the more hope we had. We tried to reach the end but it kept moving! However, we got close enough to observe there was nothing at its end. When we came back empty-handed, Mom said that someone had beat us to it. Of course, now I know that my mother sent us outside, hoping for some peace and quiet.
Just because there is no pot of gold at the end of the rainbow doesn’t make it any less extraordinary. Today when I see a rainbow, I’m reminded of God and His promise to Noah. After the Great Flood, God promised Noah that He would never destroy the whole Earth by water again. He set the rainbow in the sky as a reminder of this covenant.
Rainbows are a delight to our eyes. When it appears, we can’t help but admire the beauty and majesty it radiates. We point out a rainbow to others, photograph it, and watch it for as long as it is within our view. I know I am thrilled when I see one, and I get a feeling of well-being and hope.
God knew what He was doing when He created rainbows. A rainbow is caused by white light (sunlight) hitting a raindrop and refracting into different colors. He takes something simple and turns it into something extraordinary. It is no accident that a rainbow is caused by the meeting of both the sun and the rain. A rainbow cannot form during a deluge from a cloud filled sky. Only God could create something like that.
A rainbow reminds me that God always honors His promises. It is probably why I feel so much hope when I see one. The Bible is filled with His promises and when I need reassurance, I can look them up and read them with confidence, knowing that He honors His word. When we pray His promises, there is power in our prayers.
I think of how Noah’s faith saved his family from destruction. Faith has extreme power. We may see it as a white light, but God sees a bow of various colors. Our faith is a beautiful sight to Him. He will honor it for He knows it’s harder to believe in what is not seen than what is seen. It is our way to show our love for Him. Our faith, like Noah’s, will help us navigate the raging storms of life and allow us to see the rainbow at the end of it all.
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: 13 I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth. 14 Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds, 15 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. Genesis 9:12-15