To many people a rainbow in the sky is a sign of hope. We talk about seeing ‘rainbows through the rain’, meaning that even in difficult times we can see signs of good things coming, or beautiful things maybe.
But did you know that the rainbow we see is only half the story? That rainbows are not rainbows but rain circles, and even when we see what we think is a complete rainbow, and that doesn’t often happen, there is in fact just as much that we can’t see.
I have seen a rainbow circle from a plane flying over an ocean. It made me pause to think that when we see signs of hope there is also an equal amount that we don’t see. God is working in all kinds of ways with us and through us, and we only ever have a partial picture.
As the Message translation of 1 Corinthians 13:12 puts it, rather aptly for reflections on rainbows and unclear skies
‘We don’t yet see things clearly. We’re squinting in a fog, peering through a mist. But it won’t be long before the weather clears and the sun shines bright! We’ll see it all then, see it all as clearly as God sees us, knowing him directly just as he knows us!’