Somewhere, over the rainbow

by | August 9, 2018 4:07 pm

Playl’s Ponderings – By Steve Playl

Don’t you love being able to say, “Now that was a pleasant surprise!”?

Not all surprises are positive in nature, but many things that the rest of us take for granted are filled with wonder and awe, especially to an almost 5-year-old

Having seen hundreds of rainbows, I still find them beautiful and awe-inspiring. I have never been able to find a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow. And although I have seen “Wizard of Oz” on stage and screen many times, I still haven’t been “over the rainbow” to the land that Dorothy heard of “once in a lullaby.”

When all those little droplets of water, like millions of tiny prisms, separate and bend the sun’s light into a spectrum of vivid colors, it can almost take my breath away. To this day I can recall places where I saw a double rainbow, clear and complete…or how I drove out of a thunderstorm in Arkansas to see a bright, spectacular display stretching across the fields.

But seeing a rainbow, in Wilmington, must have been more exciting for Katie Grace than all those sightings have been for me. At least her almost 5-year-old enthusiasm surpassed anything I could imagine.

She could hardly contain herself when she bubbled through the phone to my wife one morning, “Nahnee! I just saw a…a rainbow…in North Carolina!”

The record rainfall in southeastern North Carolina may have   added to her excitement, but I got the idea that, somehow, she was thinking that rainbows are unique to the Tarheel State.

K.G. gasped for breath a couple of times, then quickly added, “…know what, Nahnee? Rainbows are a surprise.” The word “surprise” was spat out with exaggerated emphasis.

We wondered why she found a rainbow so surprising, but she was so doggone cute when she said it. Later, when I quizzed her mom about the conversation, I received an explanation. K.G. had been so excited about the rainbow that, when it began to fade, she grieved over losing something so beautiful. To help her deal with the loss of the rainbow, Shannon had explained that she might get to see another one…anytime, because rainbows are a surprise.

The first recorded appearance of a rainbow, in the Bible, was in Genesis chapter nine when God put a rainbow in the clouds as a sign of His promise to Noah to never again destroy the whole world with a flood. The rainbow is symbol of God’s grace and love, His faithfulness, and His promise.

Whenever we lose something – or some one – that is a special part of our life, we have the promise of God’s presence     and grace. He will see us through the storms of life. Even while the storms are still swirling around us, He will be with us in the middle of our turmoil.

Many times when our hearts are filled with sadness, God surprises us with His glorious, glowing presence. Chaos may surround us, yet His peace indwells us. Paul wrote to the   Philippians about this peace of God, which is beyond our understanding. In the sixth and seventh verses of Philippians chapter four, we learn that, when we replace our anxiety with prayers and thanksgiving, God’s peace – peace beyond our comprehension – will keep us…in Christ Jesus.

His promises, His surprises, are brighter than the most brilliant of rainbows…in North Carolina or anywhere else.

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