We have had dry days of 100+ degree heat, followed by rainy days without end. Then last night, last night these two forces of weather, sun and rain, came together in a magnificent way.
Uncharacteristically my husband and I went to Nashville for dinner. The food was delicious and it was nice to have a change of pace. This is the city where we both grew up, and although we live only fifteen miles away, we don’t come here often. It has changed a lot in the years since we were more familiar with the area. We found it interesting to gaze out the restaurant windows on the city skyline. Normally we are more used to a small town or rural landscape, but it some ways it still felt like home, a comforting, familiar sight.
As we exited after our meal, we noticed a rainbow in the sky. The clouds had thinned and broken apart, and a slice of sun from the low western sky was shining on a bank of clouds that remained. The longer we looked – we couldn’t take our eyes away – the brighter it became. Then we noticed a double rainbow had appeared and our eyes swept across the sky. It happened that we were on enough of a rise, with open areas around us, that we could take in the entire arc of colors. And as we looked, the center semicircle below the arch glowed a brighter and deeper shade of coral-pink.
Seeing an entire rainbow is most unusual in a crowded city, making the whole event seem even more magical. We took a few pictures, but mostly we gazed in wonder. We couldn’t get the whole sky in any one picture, and even if we could have, the picture didn’t come near to expressing the feeling we had of being wrapped in light. We were surrounded by the radiance and reflection so much so that we could almost reach out and touch it. We glanced around and saw that other people were frozen on sidewalks, captured by this spell. It was breathtaking, and just so amazing to realize how special it was to be right there in that moment in time to take it all in.
Look at the size of the tall buildings – Nashville’s “skyscrapers.” Can you imagine how small we felt, being so surrounded by this splendid display of God’s promises?