Whenever I see a rainbow in the sky it reminds me of God's promise to man. That never again will He destroy the world like it was.
Did you ever wonder what a rainbow was made of? ...It is made of light. In fact, it is made of seven colors of light. It only occurs when it rains. The light of the sun shines through the rain, causing the light to bend (or refract) and reflect off the rain. The rain acts like a prism, splitting the white light into the colors of red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo (deep blue), and violet (purple).They always stay in the same order, because the frequency is from low to high. It always forms an arch. It is very orderly and dependable as it shows consistency for everybody to see after every rain.
But before we see the rainbow it has to rain first......
The world experience variable storms and weather disturbances every year. The thought of an imminent storm can cause fear to many as extreme cases put many people homeless if not half of their house are submerged in water. In some cases may even take many lives to those who were caught unprepared.
Like the physical storm we encounter , Life too has its storms. Life's storms are not different from the physical storms. The first encounter makes a man's faith shaken like the strong winds that cause our windows and doors to tremble. Those who are weak tends to surrender and lose hope like a strong typhoon putting a house down leaving it completely wrecked and un repairable.
Life's storms are as devastating to man's life just like all the physical storms we know. But is there a way to survive?
When I first read St. Mark's gospel about " Jesus Calms the Storm " I was a child then. My faith in God began to grow as the event automatically makes Him my super hero. I can imagine the apostles' reaction as they witness deliverance from an imminent death. Then Jesus said : " Why are you afraid ? How is it that you have no faith? " Most of us fall in this kind of situation. We knew that He is in our boat and yet we tremble in fear and unbelieving.
In my personal experience of life's storms , I have to confess that most of the time I tremble in fear. Completely lost I often shed tears as my emotions takes me to the edge as it devastated my soul. Maybe because I have seen many failures along the way, my mind tells me that I am a certified loser. Sometimes I feel like a helpless child longing to be rescued by my Mom and Dad. They dont know how weak I could be that I wish I were at home with them. As I drop my sword in battle , tears flow unwillingly as I kept quiet in my room. It seems the rainbow is still far ahead to see.
There is a quote that answers the question in my mind. It says : " The soul would have no rainbow had the eyes no tears. " ~ John Vance Cheney
I began to understand that tears are as important to our growth as the rain is to a flower. They help release the pressure of sadness so we can feel better.
After our tears, our inner sunshines, and rainbows are formed from our pain.
Yes ...it did came. Like the rainbow seen after the rain , I began to see a new beginning. A new hope and a life to start again. I told my daughter we will be together again. I told my wife we will start a new life. And I whisper to my young son that he will get to see the rainbow.
......A rainbow as beautiful as God's promise to us.