What Is A Rainbow?
"I recently did a sermon on the rainbow after a shooting at our local Equality Center. This was inspired by that sermon and talks about the light of Christ and how that can form a diverse rainbow in our lives. The devotional is meant to inspire and to look deeper into our lives to see how the light of Christ reflects from us, refracts through us and disperses out into the world.
John 8:12 “Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” NIV
What is a rainbow? We have all seen them. After the cool sets in after a rainstorm passes, the beams of the sun hit water droplets in just such a way that they reveal a rainbow hidden in the sky. A more scientific explanation is that a rainbow is a meteorological phenomenon that is caused by reflection, refraction and dispersion of light in water droplets resulting in a spectrum of light appearing in the sky. But this IS a devotional, not a science textbook, so in the following days we will be breaking each element down.
Today, lets look at the rainbow and remember what we can remember. When did you last see one? Did you take a picture and post it on social media? Did you have an experience when you felt God talking or not talking to you and all of the sudden you noticed it? God, to me is more conceptual than physical to me personally. I don’t see a great big man with a beard fashioning lighting bolts and wild animals; I don’t really “see” anything when I think of God.
God is a being that created us into God’s being. Does that make sense? Jesus teaches us in John 8 that “I am the light of the world…” and that we too can live in this “light of life.” Jesus words were often confusing, and even to this day, with 100’s of translations, it’s hard to understand what Jesus meant a lot of the times. For today, take his words as hopeful and inspiring. Take the light that Jesus has put in you and show it to the world. Engage the other colors of the rainbow of your community and be a part of the concept of a loving God, instead living in fear of a physical one.
May the God of love shine on you today and may you bask in that light today. Amen.
About the Author
Evan Taylor is a man with many hats. Running his own photography business, raising 3 adopted kiddos and staying in love with his amazing wife of nearly 14 years, he rarely slows down. Joining the staff at East Side in June of 2014 part time as Outreach Coordinator,, Evan has felt a passion for the community of Tulsa. Since January of 2017, his title changed to Outreach Minister and he moved into the position full time. Evan is a graduate of OSU-Okmulgee in photography in 2000 and Graduated from the Commissioned Ministers Training Program through the state office of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) of Oklahoma in 2015. His hobbies include reading, writing, scary movies and trying out funky art projects.
Evan lives in Tulsa, OK with his wife Deanna and their 3 kids, Jessie, Dexter and Ripley.