Melvyn Tan
January 4, 2014 — By tanmelvyn@gmail.com

Look Out For Rainbows

[blockquote source=”Genesis 9:13-15 (NIV)“]I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth. Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds, 15 I will remember my covenant between me and you and all living creatures of every […]

[blockquote source=”Genesis 9:13-15 (NIV)“]I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth. Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds, 15 I will remember my covenant between me and you and all living creatures of every kind.[/blockquote]

Rainbows
Rainbows are just such a magnificent sight that whenever someone sees it, it’d almost always bring out a pleasant emotional state.

I’ve always seen rainbows from afar. It wasn’t until 2013 when we visited Western Australia (specifically Pemberton) that I first came like ten feet away from the rainbow.

If not for the horse stable, I would have made the leap and grab it. But seriously, can you grab a rainbow?

God’s Covenant
Rainbows are so beautiful, and also rare, that you’re almost always in awe when you see one. Besides it being a reminder of God about His Covenant with us, it is just beautiful to look at.

It is one of those sights that no matter how tired, busy, or frustrated you are; whenever I see one, I would stop, if only for a nanosecond, to admire it.

God’s other Creations
Yes, while rainbows are quite a sight, let us not forget God’s other creations that are equally magnificent but we sometimes overlooked.

Slow Down with Kids
I constantly remind myself to slow down whenever I’m with my kids. Not that my kids are slow or anything, it’s just that kids have that innate ability to notice things that we adults sometime take for granted. Like an ant crawling. A caterpillar in the cocoon. The flowers on the tree (or ground). The leaves that are moving because of the wind. The birds chirping in the background.

Previously I used to find myself trying to hurry my child along, so that we could get (insert place) on time. These days, if he wants to stop to take a look at the pigeons eating, or the cats cleaning themselves, or just to seat down on the steps on the pathway; I’ll let him. In fact, I would also take this opportunity to stop, to pause, and to connect with him. True, not everything is as magnificent to look at like the rainbow, but these are God’s creations nonetheless.

Pause
And sometimes if we can just stop ourselves for a moment or two and just take in the surroundings, you’d be surprised how refreshing and rejuvenating it can be.

Look Out for Rainbows
The same is true about our lives. Because when all we do is to search for that moment in our lives; the rainbow, then we might just miss life’s moments. For some of us, the rainbows could be graduation, marriage, parenthood, when my children are older, etc. And because we search for those moments, we tend to forget about life’s moments; where these could be picking up your child from school, bathing your kids, feeding them, etc.

Question
While rainbows are magnificent, let us not forget or ignore our surroundings which could be equally, if not more, magnificent then the rainbow. So, brothers and sisters, while you may not see a rainbow today; there are other things around you that may have been there all these while, but maybe you’d just haven’t taken the time to pause and admire it. Identify three things that are always been in your surroundings. Make it a point today to pause and take some time to admire it and give thanks to the LORD for this creation.

Prayer
Father, we thank You for Your Covenant with us. And we also thank You for all Your creations around us. Everything that You’ve created adds value to the entire ecosystem. Though we may not fully understand or appreciate it, let us today thank You for it nonetheless. In Christ name we pray, Amen.