What Is A Rainbow?
Psalm 119:105 “Your word is a lamp unto my feet, a light unto my path.” NIV
The psalmist here is giving us the best advice in the world when it comes to living a modern Christian life. Note that the first part of this verse admit that the “light” is for ourselves first, to inspire us, to keep us warm and informed. The second part of the verse is a little less direct, but in metaphor is telling us to go out and proclaim our “light” to the world. Why would the light be just for me? It’s not, it’s also there to light the “path” we are to go to share that wisdom of our own personal rainbow with all we know.
This is what we can learn about the rainbow. Since it first appearance 1000’s of years ago, we have seen it go from an image of a promise in the story of Noah to so many extremes. It has been the story of legend in with leprechauns and pots of gold. It has been used in cartoons as superpowers in Care Bears and was the dividing line between Dorothy and the Land of Oz. Rainbows mark the scientific measuring of light and their elements, while at the same time, inspired thousands on YouTube videos.
Rainbows have been depicted as hopeful, beautiful, and celebrated as symbols of pride and hope. In joyful baby cries and swaddled up in a baby quilt with Noah’s Ark on it, and also in the chant and cries for equality from a protesters holding it high. Rainbows are beautiful, no matter how they used.
It is in the rainbow that we can celebrate our faith in Jesus, or at least his message of hope and love. We can choose to let the light reflect the love we have been shown. We can choose to let the light refract through us and shine the love on others. We can choose to allow the light to bend a little and disperse through us to others of different views or faiths.
May God bless you and teach you and show you your own personal rainbow of faith. May the light of Jesus shine on you, through you and out into the world. May you take hold of the colors that unite and celebrate the diverse culture that is truly being a follower of Jesus Christ. 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.