The Rainbow

What do we think of when we see a rainbow? What do we tell our kids? I saw a sign today that said “Without rain there can never be a rainbow.” Sounds cute, encouraging, but misses the forest for the trees.

I remember in my childhood being told there was a pot of gold at the end. And I rainbowvaguely remember it being somehow related to a man named Noah…..back in his day. Today I am being told it is the symbol for gay pride. But if we push aside these preconceived ideas we can see it for what it really is, God’s covenant sign that he will preserve his people and that his promises remain true. 

I remember the first time my daughter saw it. I think she was about three years old or so. I called her outside and told her to look at the rainbow. Then I reminded her that it was God’s sign to us. That rainbow is significant for his people. The look on her face was priceless. God was at that moment so real to her and simultaneously, in childlike faith, to me to.

Sort of like that big moon that hangs over us in space. We get so accustomed to seeing it that it loses its grandeur. It is easy for us to be content with the ordinariness of life. We often let nature declare its sovereignty over us and not God. Sure science can explain it. Praise God. Sure it was probably there before Noah, but God, to strengthen his people, chose it to be a covenant sign and we should see it as this when it appears, and we should be faithful to explain that to “all future generations” (Genesis 9:12).