A Rainbow Reflects God’s Glory

 The late afternoon sky turned black. Explosions of thunder shook the cottage. Bolts of electricity created a fiery backdrop to the forest of maples across the road. Sheets of rain fell in pebble-sized drops. From the wide front window, we watched as wind rushed up from the lake, caught the rain water flowing toward the beach and blew it uphill.

When the storm subsided, a rainbow shimmered above the trees. “Let’s go down to the lake and get a better look,” Doug said. I grabbed my camera.

At water level, the rainbow’s colors blazed with intensity. It rose out of the lake like ribbons of fireworks. It arced to the top of the hill and disappeared amongst the maples.

According to rainbow experts, each person views a personal rainbow. From my viewpoint, I saw the light bounced off of certain raindrops. Doug, standing next to me, saw the same rainbow from a slightly different angle. He saw the light reflected off different raindrops.

Every created thing bears the imprint of the Creator. God reveals Himself to us in scripture and also through nature. Theologians call nature the general revelation of God because it’s visible to all. To see it requires little effort.

But seeing God’s revealed in nature does require thought.

We looked at the rainbow and concluded that its Creator is powerful, wise and wonderful. Breathtakingly wonderful. Too wonderful for our imaginations to ponder.

God’s book of nature contains more pages than it’s possible for one to read in a lifetime. The rainbow page in itself contains too many pages to read.

Here’s a minor challenge. Find the imprint of God in creation, today. And ponder the question: what does it tell you about Him?

“The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows His handiwork. Day unto day utters speech, and night unto night reveals knowledge. There is no speech nor language where their voice is not heard. Their line has gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world” (Psalm 19:1-4).


About rosemccormickbrandon

An award winning personal experience writer, Rose McCormick Brandon is a frequent contributor to faith magazines, devotionals and compilations, including Chicken Soup for the Soul. Rose is the author of Promises of Home: Stories of Canada's British Home Children (2014). One Good Word Makes all the Difference (2013), He Loves Me Not, He Loves Me (2012) and Vanished: What Happened to My Son. She's a frequent contributor to The Testimony, Today's Pentecostal Evangel and other faith magazines in Canada, U.S. and Australia. Rose also writes about Canadian history, specifically the era of Child Immigration from Britain. Read her stories of child immigrants at: http://littleimmigrants.wordpress.com
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4 Responses to A Rainbow Reflects God’s Glory

  1. Amazing what the Lord teaches us when we look for His lessons. It’s a WOW moment for sure.

  2. Joan says:

    Thanks, Rose. This is a brilliant idea — it takes "God reveals Himself in nature" from a nice, abstract thought to something that can teach us about His character. Cool!

    OK, here's my first attempt: the red verbena plant I bought last week at the farmers' market: Each flower is made up of little flowers, and each petal of each mini flower is sort of heart-shaped. The flowers are a gorgeous, ruby red, with yellow in the center. This tells me that the Lord is playful, passionate, and that His mind has the perfect balance between perfect order and perfect joyful spontanaiety. 🙂

    This is going to be fun!

    • Joan – I love your observation on verbena and how you see God in it. You bring out colors and shapes that have meaning. I like that. Once the mind gets going on this track we see the “made by God” imprint everywhere. You get a star for this one!! 🙂

      • Joan says:

        Thanks, Rose!

        In the night there was an explosive, scary thunderstorm, and (after I got over being terrified) I thought of your question and asked myself what the thunderstorm told me about God. Yes, that He is all-powerful and not to be messed with — but also that He is all-powerful and that this same explosive power is *on my side*, protecting me and caring for me. Wow, eh?!

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