Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth (Genesis 9:16).
Did you know that when a rainbow appears, God is remembering His promise to us? He actually never forgets anything but that's okay. It's nice to be know that God is thinking of us after a particularly vicious thunderstorm on a very hot summer's day.
But are we remembering His promise to us? His promise to send His only begotten son? To save us from our sins? His Son's ultimate sacrifice for us? This sacrifice led us to eternal life. Once God is within us, we can never die.
Our lives are lived for Him and Him alone. We live for Him through the way we love those around us. The way we treat our neighbors, enemies, family and friends. If our soul is not pure, then we are rejecting God. Our souls and hearts go through so much pain and turmoil and joy and sadness that it's very difficult to discern if our souls are pure. But if we pray and fast and live a Godly life, our souls will get there.
Getting to that point in our spirituality requires much dedication and commitment but most of us don't have that kind of dedication. In an age where fifty percent of all marriages end in divorce, how can we commit to God? Marriage is a lifetime journey between two people. It is made of up of a rainbow of promises, joy, heartaches, problems, arguments; in other words, hard work. There are many reasons why people divorce and it is not this author's intent to render an opinion or judgment on divorce. It is merely an example of how difficult a commitment in our lives is without God in our hearts.
Divorce is one example of how society teaches us to "move on" or "let it go" if we have not reached a satisfying conclusion. The reality is that there's never going to be a satisfying conclusion to anything if we don't accept God in our lives. We can accumulate all of the wealth that we can or own all of Van Gogh's paintings but if we don't have love we are nothing. As Paul says in his letter to the Corinthians (13:2): "If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing." We have the tool to fathom mysteries and move mountains and create rainbows. That tool is love and with prayer and fasting and openheartedness we can reach that point.
Scientifically, a rainbow is "an arch of colours in the sky caused by sunlight shining through water droplets in the atmosphere" (Oxford Dictionary of Current English, 4th Edition). But to God, they're a reminder of His covenant with us. And to us they're bright and joyful and show us that we can see God's creations in more than just black and white. And how our covenant with Him should never be forgotten. And how He expresses His love for us and that He never forgets us. Our differences and our diversity are like a rainbow for Him. He has us in His heart all of the time. We just need to remember our that within our hearts lives the brightest Rainbow we'll ever see: God.
Lia Lewis is a graduate of Holy Cross Orthodox Seminary. She lives, works and writes in New Jersey.