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. So what is that certain 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, or for you guys a little sports convertible or a Harley? 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 we 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 when he found “grace in the eyes of the Lord“, that is why he and his family were spared from the destruction of the flood. What is Grace? One definition is the “unmerited favor of God” 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 freely given us life and salvation, which is a part of His grace and mercy towards us!
If you could reach up into the sky to touch a rainbow while looking at all it’s beautiful colors, you wouldn’t be able to touch it with your hand. 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.”
What is at the end of your rainbow? For me it is to know with 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 without consequence of calories that would be nice!