According to the Bible, God created rainbows as a reminder to us that he’ll never destroy life with a flood ever again. I’m guessing this is one of the reasons I feel so much joy when I see a rainbow. Whenever a torrential storm hits, there’s usually a little voice in the back of my head that says “well … maybe this is it.”
Last night we had this crazy terrifying lightening storm that was followed by a relentless downpour. I only got off work around 8pm, and while I was walking to my car (which was parked about a mile away) I couldn’t help but feel like the world was about to be destroyed. If you need a visual, try picturing something like Mordor. Since it was nighttime, this storm was unfortunately not followed by a rainbow. I was, however, happy to see the sun shining when I woke up this morning.
It’s interesting that rainbows usually appear after those super ridiculous storms that come out of nowhere. You usually don’t see them after normal old rainy days or afternoon showers. This makes a lot of sense to me based on God’s promise. God displays His brightest reminders of unfailing love when the rain hits in the hardest and most unexpected of ways.
I also think it’s fitting that rainbows look so whimsical and silly. They’re such a strange sight that you can’t help but smile and break free from whatever you were doing to look at them in awe. Imagine if every time something terrible happened to you, a unicorn would appear in your living room and give you a high five. That’s kind of a weird image, but that’s basically how I feel about rainbows. They remind us not to get caught up in the storm but to instead smile and celebrate God’s unfailing love.