"The soul would have no rainbow had the eyes no tears." John Vance Cheney
Have I ever said that I love rainbows?
As a child, the first bible story I heard, was about Noah's Ark and the rainbow. I was riding in the car with my grandma and grandpa, going to spend the night at their house, and it had been raining. As we rode along we saw a rainbow and my grandma told me the story of Noah, the Ark and how the rainbow was God's promise to never destroy the earth again with water.
Pretty amazing that my grandmother would have told me that story. She was not a Christian and didn't want to be associated with Christianity. She regularly took the Lords name in vain and didn't have a problem with anyone else taking his name in vain, UNLESS it was a child who repeated Grandma taking the Lord's name in vain.....ummm, ya.
There are many beautiful pictures of rainbows on the internet. I typed in "rainbows" on Google and did and image search and came up with many pictures that are gorgeous.
There is a flickr photo group dedicated to rainbow pictures.
I was doing some reading about rainbows this evening and found that it is a common phenomenon for the sky to be lighter under the rainbow and darker over the rainbow. Thats pretty cool.
(yummy rainbow yarns that are in my stash)
Tonight as I was driving home from the city with some of my younger children, we had the pleasure of looking at a rainbow for many miles. For a little while we could see a double rainbow. So I told my children the story of Noah and his Ark and why God set his rainbow in the sky.
Only God can make a rainbow.
A rainbow is a reminder of God's promises. They are still real and still true for today.
(the little Peek-a-boo pots can be purchased from Apple n Amos on Etsy. I just purchased some for my daughter who is planning her first baby's nursery)
To learn more about the scientific aspects of rainbows there is a good article on Wikipedia.
I leave you with an Irish blessing.
*read in my best Irish accent"
May you always have work for your hands to do
May your pockets have always a coin or two
May the sun shine bright on your window pane
May the rainbow be certain to follow each rain
May the hand of a friend always be near you
And may God fill your heart with gladness to cheer you