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).