Reflection: Why Does It Matter?
Gen. 9:12 “God said, ‘This is a sign of the covenant that I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for all future generations: I have set my bow in the clouds, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth.” NIV
A lot of times, people take the rainbow in the flood story as a promise to never flood the earth again. As true as that is, that is not the real point. The real point of the rainbow in this story is a promise that God will love us and love the earth for the rest of our time. At our current rate of oil production and ozone depleting work on our planet, it’s sometimes is hard to see that passion. How do you take time to love the Earth? Do you recycle? Turn off the lights when you don’t really need them? Avoid driving and try other forms of transport? Does the rainbow remind of that promise?
One of the elements of a rainbow is reflection of light. A mirror-like system of waves of light from bouncing back from a certain surface. There are 3 things that happen when light hits a surface.
- 1. Light may be absorbed by the material.
- 2. Light may be transmitted through the material.
- 3. Light can be reflected back from the material.
When the light of Christ comes to you, does it absorb into you? Does it transmit through you? Does it reflect back to God? Does it reflect back in your community?
There is a lot of talk and debate these days about climate change and what is real or not real. Whatever you believe, the story of the first rainbow is a promise to us and should set the bar pretty high for us to love the Earth and respect it as a creation and gift from God. When you get a present from a friend, you don’t dirty it up or pollute it; you cherish it.
May the rainbow today reflect in you the desire to make this Earth a better place by recycling and loving it, just as God loved and created it to be. 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.