Chasing Rainbows


This last Saturday, I woke up very early in the morning, still reeling from jet lag after our trip to the Holy Land. I decided to take a walk, as I usually do every morning. There was a light drizzle, as we had an unexpected storm front here in Southern California.

“Wait a second,” you might ask, if you don’t live on the West Coast. “Doesn’t the song say, ‘It never rains in Southern California’?”

Well, sometimes it does, and today along with that rain came an unexpected treat—a rainbow.

Now, I have seen some beautiful rainbows in my time, including a number of them in Hawaii (where it seems like they have a rainbow practically every night!). They take rainbows for granted over there in the islands.

But here in California, they are more unusual. And on a scale of 1-10, this was a “7.” So, I pulled out my iPhone and snapped a shot. Unfortunately, the camera did not catch what my eye could see.

Then, right before my eyes, the rainbow that was a 7 turned into an 8. I thought, “I’ve got to run home and get a proper camera and record this! No one will believe it.”

At this point, it was about 5:50 a.m. So I quickly drove home and grabbed my digital camera and video camera. Hey, go big or stay home, right?

I rushed back to find the best vantage point to click the shot of the rainbow, which was now a full, mega-wattage 10! I could see it through the window of my car and I considered stopping right there and snapping the shot, but I thought, “I know a better spot to shoot this!” It was only two minutes more, surely the rainbow would wait.

You already know what happened, right? I came to my spot, pulled out my camera, and… you guessed it, no rainbow. I mean, not one little bit of rainbow left at all.


What do they say about chasing rainbows? I had literally been doing all that, and in the process, I missed the grand finale. I should have just been satisfied with my low-res iPhone photo and enjoyed the moment. But no, I had to be “Ansel Adams” and try to capture the shot of the century.

Life can be like that

Life can be that way, can’t it? We chase after something but never quite get it. We get all built up for some ‘big event,” only to be let down.

I have found that the little moments are often far more enjoyable then the “big ones.”

Take Christmas, for instance (Is it here yet?). There is so much hype over the ‘big moment” of Christmas morning, and opening your presents. Once it’s all done, you look at the small mountain of torn-up wrapping paper and think about the bills you will have to pay, and it’s a bit of a let down.

No, Christmas morning is not all it is cracked up to be. I have found that the great moments of Christmas are the ‘in-between” ones. Picking up your tree—or if you are able, chopping it down—and decorating it. Having a leisurely cup of coffee with a friend while everyone else “shops till they drop.” Lingering over a meal with your family. And most importantly, remembering Jesus as you worship Him for coming to this earth to begin with.

Rainbows! They are wonderful when you have them.

I would suggest the next time you see one, don’t run home for a camera. Just stop and watch and wonder. Take it all in. And remember its origin.

God gave the symbol of the rainbow to Noah and all of us after the great flood. He gave it to us to say He keeps His promises.

So the next time you see a rainbow, remember that.

6 thoughts on “Chasing Rainbows”

  1. Claudia says:

    Rainbows like our hearts only glow brilliantly when the Light of the world cast His glory upon them. His promises never fail.

  2. doreen says:

    wait a minute…. how did you drive home if you were walking? 😛

    as for the Christmas present situation… i thought about that yesterday for some reason. what do you think of this? the whole Christmas season is dedicated entirely to Jesus. maybe still get a tree and stuff… but Christmas morning, instead of opening presents, you just sing and worship with friends/family. people share their testomonies or talk about what the Lord is currently doing in their life.
    and THEEENNNNN…. make the gift giving ceremony a week later so that you can actually save money on all the sales and it will be like a game cuz you only have one week to get it all done!
    hmm? eh? whatcha think?

  3. Anne says:

    I love rainbows and I saw a few when I was in Hawaii and I think I was one of the only ones just standing there staring at it.

    And I know the pain of jet lag…I experienced it bad the time I went to the Philippines and came back. 🙁

  4. Debbie says:

    Thank you for reminding me of a wonderful time a year ago…I was witnessing a double rainbow in Colorado. And thank you for reminding me that God never breaks His promises. He is so good and knows all of our needs. I know that through our sufferings, He will never let us down. Keep the joy…thank you Jesus!

  5. linda says:

    Thank you for this mornings devotion (rainbows.) Very good, your right, we don’t stop to take in the little and important things in life, then when they are gone we wish we would have. Like when someone we love has left this world, we wish we could have said we love you one last time, well, we should have said it more when they where still here. Thank you for this devotion, the Lord showed me a lot out of it. May God bless you.

  6. Teri says:

    I thank God for the little things in life, too. I love mornings, and that first cup of coffee. My 5 grandkids are always doing amazing and funny things,and I cherish those moments. I am so blessed with a loving husband, 3 great daughters, 5 grandkids, with #6 on the way! God is so good! Amen.

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