I heard a beautiful rendition of Somewhere Over the Rainbow today and it started a thought process. When we are young, Over the Rainbow sounds like the place where the pot of gold is, the place where our best dreams and wishes come true, it is the hope of where we will be at a certain time of life.
What is that time? It’s different for everyone, but we all have those dreams. What is the problem with looking at the rainbow? We never see the end of it or the pot of gold because it simply doesn’t exist. What did you imagine was at the end of your own rainbow? Was it riches? Is your end-of-the-rainbow a happy marriage with 2.5 children, a home and a soccer-mom van? Is it a brilliant career? For some it would just be to have a full stomach at night instead of going to bed hungry, or the ability to eat food without their body rejecting it, or being able to stand and walk on their own without the assistance of anyone’s helping arm. Genesis 9:16-17 “And the bow shall be in the cloud; and I will look upon it, that I may remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is upon the earth. And God said unto Noah, This is the token of the covenant, which I have established between me and all flesh that is upon the earth.”
We look at the rainbow after a rain and remember that God set it as a sign of His faithfulness to us, His covenant to care for us. It is as much to you and me as it was to Noah “back in the day”! Noah found “grace in the eyes of the Lord”, that is why he and is family were spared from the destruction of the flood. What is Grace? It is the “unmerited favor of God” Romans 5:1-2 “By entering through faith into what God has always wanted to do for us—set us right with him, make us fit for him—we have it all together with God because of our Master Jesus. And that’s not all: We throw open our doors to God and discover at the same moment that he has already thrown open his door to us. We find ourselves standing where we always hoped we might stand—out in the wide-open spaces of God’s grace and glory, standing tall and shouting our praise.” Romans 11:6 “And since it is through God’s kindness, then it is not by their good works. For in that case, God’s grace would not be what it really is—free and undeserved.” God has given us life and salvation freely, a part of His grace and mercy towards us!
If you could reach up into the sky to touch a rainbow, you would find it is nothing, we see it, and there are various colors, yet it isn’t tangible to the touch. Kind of reminds me of Hebrews 11:1 “Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see.” We sing songs about it, admire its beauty, and talk about its pot of gold, yet it isn’t there except to our eyes. God’s promise to us is that He hears and answers our prayers, we believe even if we are not able to touch it. Isaiah 65:24 “And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear.”
So friend, what IS at the end of your rainbow? Right now, for me, it is to see my mother have a good day, to know for certainty that my family is safe and secure both in this life and in the life hereafter. Of course if things like ice cream could suddenly be eaten with out consequence of calories that would be nice! Look for your rainbow!