What Do You "See" in a Rainbow?
June 12, 2008 10:32pm CST
This question was thrown to me by my five-year old girl this morning, and somehow it took me by surprise. What do you see in a rainbow? And why are there rainbows? I was about to make up answers for her but abruptly changed my mind, I know I won't be able to sto her inquisitive mind from extending the question. It may sounds corny but I believe rainbows are there to remind us of positive and beautiful things in life. Sometimes we are so overwhelmed with life's troubles and hardships that we forget to notice some simple yet beautiful things and events around us. We are oftentimes consumed with our regrets in the past and so anxious about the future that we forget: we OUGHT to thank the Creator for a brand new day of being ALIVE! Let alone those problems and difficulties, let's be thankful of every new day because it's a new oppotunity given to us in order to survive and be productive. I just simply answered my girl, "rainbows are there up in the sky so that people may see how beautiful it is."
13 Jun 08
That is indeed a difficult question. At first, I wondered if you wanted to know why rainbows actually existed but after reading your message, I understand. I don't know what I see in a rainbow, but I think I'm on the same wavelength as you. You want to know why I think this? I'm 17 years old. I've grown out of birthdays, I've grown out of Christmas, and I don't lose any more teeth so there's no hope of ever meeting the tooth fairy. Yet, whenever I see a rainbow, it still excites me, and rejuvenates a little girl inside of me. It makes me feel alive. I suppose it makes me wonder why something so simple can amaze me so much. Something that you will never find, will never reach, something you can never grasp firmly in your hand but something that is there as plain as day for you to see. That reminds me in a lot of ways about love, because that's what love is. Something that is so hard to find, even harder to keep, but should be treasured. It brings a whole new dimension to the pot of gold at the end. The only memory I ever really have of seeing rainbows is how I always felt so lucky to see them. You know when you're little, and a plane flies overhead, or you see a hot air balloon in the distance and you rush outside to see it? That kind of lucky. Whenever I saw one, I always felt as though someone was watching over me, as if that was my rainbow, provided for my benefit only. They felt special to me, and I guess I never really analysed this so much before. Your discussion helped me to realise that, although you probably think I'm insane now, lol...
13 Jun 08
Hello there! I admire your maturity inspite your young age. You know, you should be thankful to God for giving you such a positively broad perspective in life. You haven't outgrown anything at all, only you have come to appreciate deeper meaning of your life's existence. Go on, be happy with everything!
13 Jun 08
Your comment has really made my day. I don't consider myself to be "mature" per se, but I do know that I have a different understanding and perspective of the world as a result of the things I have experienced. It could be seen that I have been forced to grow up much earlier than I was ready to, and I have never led the kind of life that a "normal teenager" has. This has affected the way in which I think and the sorts of things I would value. I value a rainbow and my friends value designer shoes. I have to admit that I do question a lot about life which has led to me wanting to study psychology and major in it at university. I think the mind is so fascinating in the way that it works. D.N.A, yes. That's unique and individual to everybody, but there is no limit on the creativity your mind can create if you run wild with your imagination. I think that's important to keeping life interesting, and I know I'll think of what you told me - the next time I see a rainbow.
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13 Jun 08
That's a sweet answer. That is what we should be reminded of when we see a rainbow. I don't see rainbow often but when I do I remember that God said He put the rainbow in the sky to remind us that He will never destroy the world with a flood again.