Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Colors of Promise

Rainbows have magnetic appeal and attraction for me.

There are traditional rainbows of the arched variety. Sometimes doubled. They range from thin to thick, close up or far away. Some are more vibrant than others. There are sundog patches in the sky. Moon rings around the moon and lunar rainbows.

Lunar rainbows are quite rare - I have seen only one. It was the time between dusk and nightfall. I didn't know its name, but it entranced me. I tried to get people's attention to see this unusual, improbable and seemingly impossible occurrence, but few came. A stranger and I stood for a long while in silent appreciation and awe. Wonder knitted our hearts together without words. We both knew we were witnessing splendor.

I have experienced rainbows that have been gifts, sent to speak comfort, give courage, help me cope, promise hope, reassure me of protection and assure me of love.

I have driven through them in a car, had them wrap up our house and follow our ferry's wake on the Puget Sound.

Once I had an extraordinary experience of driving many miles with the fat foot of a rainbow directly outside my car window, keeping fear from crawling in the door.

Sometimes I've seen a rainbow and absolutely known it was for someone else. I passed it on.

There have been many times when I've sensed there was a rainbow close by, but I couldn't manage to see it. It still mattered.

Sometimes, I shyly ask for them, like inviting a caress. Once, I asked and didn't get a real rainbow but immediately heard "Rainbow Connection" on my shuffling ipod; He chuckled, I had to laugh.

Do you have a rainbow story. Tell me, share it.......... please?  

8 comments:

Kandi said...

When I was flying across Nicaragua in 1998 in a small plane, the pilot flew us over some plane wreckage from years before. Previous to this he had taken a nap and put us on autopilot. Needless to say I was a little nervous, I asked the Lord to help me and soon after saw a rainbow outside the window! After that I was able to take a little nap! So sweet!

shrinkthecamel said...

There was a spell recently where it seemed like we were seeing rainbows all the time. Usually snapping a picture or two. They never seem to lose their novelty or magic. But a lunar rainbow? Never even hear of that. I'll have to look for one.

Maureen said...

What a great post! I think rainbows are magic itself (forget the scientific explanation). I've tried to get my Westie Jack to look at rainbows; we had a magnificent one last year. Jack just did one of his head to the side tricks.

I also have not heard of a lunar rainbow, which sounds even more magical.

Anonymous said...

I remember doing something I knew was displeasing to the Lord. A friend trying to lighten the load was using text book psychology to lighten the load. "Will this matter 1 year from now? 10 years from now? 100 years from now?" Well it mattered to me at that moment......and then I opened the door to the most brilliant rainbow beaming in my face. I knew that I knew that I knew that God was communicating love, grace and forgiveness right there on the spot.

Phoenix-Karenee said...

Often, when I see a rainbow, I'm reminded of the church. None of us is capable of representing the complete light of God refracted through us, but each tends to pour out a dominant color, and together the rainbow gives a glimpse of all that is within the light.

annkroeker said...

Wow, how beautiful and fascinating! I haven't been given rainbows, but I hope I would have joined you to admire the lunar rainbow. I do try to nurture my sense of wonder and admiration for God's care and His creation.

nAncY said...

my daugher sent me pictures of one recently...it took three shots to record the image with her phone. and she called to tell me about it she was so excited to see it.

Kathleen said...

Thanks for sharing friends. I love to hear the stories.