The Rainbow

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Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord. —2 Peter 1:2, KJV

A rainbow is a multicolored arc that forms in the sky when the refraction of the sun’s rays hits raindrops, spray, or mist. A rainbow is often seen following a rainstorm but can also be simulated with a glass of water and a flashlight when the light shines through the water at the correct angle. My grandson, Mason, is fascinated by solar systems and rainbows.

He can amuse himself for long periods of time studying the sun, moon, and stars. But his greatest joy appears whenever he locates a rainbow.

He knows how to position himself when the sunlight comes into our family room in order to see a rainbow. He gets very excited and almost demands that I gaze at it as attentively as he does. As a result of his interest in the rainbow, he learned his colors early.

Since learning colors, he has begun to explore ways to mix them to produce different colors. I must admit that I am not at all knowledgeable about this.

As I thought about Mason’s interest in God’s Creation, it occurred to me that there is a lesson we can all learn and appreciate. Just as the seven rainbow colors can be mixed to produce additional colors, so our spiritual life can develop and multiply. “Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord” (2 Peter 1:2, KJV).

Rainbows are often seen after a rainstorm.

The Bible reminds us of the significance of the rainbow in Genesis 9:13, KJV, when He promised the earth would never again be destroyed by water.

Our purpose on earth is to serve God and mankind.

We serve by being obedient to God’s commands and sharing with others what we have been blessed to receive—not only spiritually but financially as well.

When we have been blessed, may we not forget to share the blessing and extend a helping hand to those in need. Just as the colors of the rainbow can be mixed to produce additional colors, so will our blessings be increased as we prayerfully share with others what God has blessed us with. “Don’t forget to do good and to share what you have with those in need, for such sacrifices are very pleasing to him” (Hebrews 13:16, TLB).

Mary Head Brooks

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