Come Rain or Shine
A spiritual look at issues of interest to young people
Rainbows all around. Wow, what a thought!
Did you know that wherever there's light and rain there's a rainbow? It's true. You see a rainbow when you're at the correct angle to the light that's hitting the water in the atmosphere. This divides the light, allowing you to see its basic colors.
The first time I thought more about rainbows, we had been driving toward a large storm. To the right I could see the dark clouds pouring down rain. But to the left it was clear. As we came around a bend, our view changed, and we could see a large rainbow.
This got me thinking about what the Holy Bible says. Rainbows in the Bible symbolize God's promises. Like in the story of Noah and the ark (see Gen., Chaps. 6-8). God guided and protected Noah and his family during a storm and flood. A rainbow came as a sign of His promise to restore harmony.
In our own lives, we seem to travel through storms - fights at school, upheavals in the family, downpours of sadness, unexpected problems. But whether a storm lasts for 40 days (like Noah's did) or 40 minutes, God is always here. We see signs of this as we change our "angle," from a material view to a spiritual view. From seeing trouble to beginning to see God everywhere.
The Bible says that God made us good - like He is. "And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good" (Gen. 1:31).
When Christ Jesus walked the earth, he showed that the link we have with God is unbroken. He showed that knowing of this link heals us. People who came to Jesus for healing probably felt, as you might, that whatever was messing up their lives was real and had control. However, by healing them, Jesus showed that evil doesn't really have power.
"Jesus beheld in Science the perfect man, who appeared to him where sinning mortal man appears to mortals. In this perfect man the Saviour saw God's own likeness, and this correct view of man healed the sick" (Mary Baker Eddy, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," Pgs. 476-477). Jesus had a spiritual view of the world. He taught that view to his students. The Bible is still teaching it today. One specific lesson that Jesus taught is that "the kingdom of God is within you" (Luke 17:21). This means good is with you! Now!
Rainbows helped me when I was traveling home from my grandmother's funeral service. I really loved her. I was driving through the rolling foothills of California and praying for peace of mind. For spiritual understanding. Some storm clouds above broke up, and there I saw a double rainbow! Along with the sight of this came the thought of God being with me. It was clear to me that I was inseparable from Him, and so was my grandmother.
I felt new peace and calm throughout me. I knew that this peace and calm came from one place - God. It was God who was showing me the relationship you and I and everybody have with Him. And it was healing my heart, guiding my thoughts, and making my understanding of Life grow. I followed the rainbow most of the way home, and the peace and comfort I felt stayed with me.
How did I know this was God at work? The Bible tells me, "God is love" (I John 4:16). God was never causing my sadness and confusion. God is constantly being Love. Being all good. In a way God is like the rays of light - full of beauty, goodness, and harmony, even if I couldn't see it all. It was when I changed my point of view, through praying, that I was able to see more of what God is. I was opening up to God.
"In divine Science, God and the real man are inseparable as divine Principle and idea" (Science and Health, Pg. 476). This is exactly what God showed me that day.
So when the storms come, remember that God's rainbow is wrapped around you this minute. His good is always here.
As the appearance of the bow
that is in the cloud in the
day of rain, so was ... the
appearance of the likeness
of the glory of the Lord.