No matter how many times I read the Bible, it always amazes me how new things continue to jump out at me. It was no different that morning as I studied creation with the children. We had begun a new school year, and we were discussing day two of creation. 'God created a firmament to divide the waters, and He called the firmament ‘heaven.' After reading those verses, we began to wonder what a firmament was, so I had my oldest grab a dictionary. He looked up the word and read, "the arch of the sky."
This made me think about other arches that God had created and I asked the children, "What else do we see that is an arch?"
They began listing other things such as the moon, stars, and the sun, but it was not what I was looking for. “Think about something we only see when it is raining and the sun is out at the same time.”
“A rainbow!” my five-year-old shouted.
“That’s right! God created an arch called the rainbow as a promise that He would never send a worldwide flood again.” I stopped to think about this. If a firmament was the arch of the sky that God called Heaven, was a rainbow a little piece of heaven?
I thought back to the time I had visited my friend in Indiana, when the terrifying tornado had whirled past the neighborhood. God had showed His protective hand on us that day, and kept the giant tree from falling on top of us. That evening, the gray clouds disappeared, and overhead we saw two of the prettiest, most vivid rainbows as we looked up in awe at the sky. Were those rainbows a doorway to heaven? Were we seeing a glimpse of what God has in store for us when we reach heaven? Maybe the colors are not simply the reflections of the rays of the sun, but maybe they are reflecting the colors of the Son's jewels that sits in His Kingly crown.
Of course this was all speculation on my part, but it got me thinking about God and His love. Whatever the rainbow is, it still shows the promise of God. We cannot even begin to fathom the deep love that God has for us. "The depths of love that the human eye can see, are only reflections of God's love to me." This line is from one of my favorite songs. What we experience on this earth, in the form of love, is only a taste of the love that God has for me. I can only imagine my reaction when I reach those pearly gates and meet Him face to face, but while on this earth, I hope I can show my Lord the deepest amount of love my earthly mind can comprehend, because He first loved me.