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Analogy from a Rainbow
Job is the principal character of a Bible book named “Job”. He was a man … blameless and upright … one who feared God, and turned away from evil. In this book of Job, chapter 37 verse 14 says “Listen to this, O Job: stand still, and consider the wondrous works of God..”
That arch of light exhibiting the spectrum colors in their order, caused by drops of water falling through the air named rainbows are admired by almost everybody. I bet the thought of a pan full of gold, at the end of the rainbow, as a fairy tale or not; goes through each mind.
Is finding gold at the end of a rainbow the source of happiness? Somebody already answered this question, similar to what God told Job: “Happiness does not consist in finding, like a fairy tale, a pan full of gold at the end of the rainbow, but to stop and observe it with admiration...”
Rainbow theme as an analogy
I have had issues with some people around me lately, and a friend trying to encourage me used the phrase: “they live in a spiritual dry land”. I have this “thingamajig” of linking happenings, thoughts and conversations; so I related the rainbow facts in the whole situations. Let’s retake the rainbow theme as an analogy of what I caught considering the wonders God works.
A rainbow is seen usually in the sky opposite to the sun at the close of a shower and also in the spray of waterfalls. You will not see a rainbow in dry land; neither will you see happiness in people living a dry spiritual life. In the analogy from a rainbow, I see the sun and our reflection of Him in us as our proximity in searching for God.
Happiness can be different things to each one of us. Happiness to me relies in: the value, respect, and vows we give to ourselves, from the knowledge that we are creations of God. When the sunlight enters a raindrop it is refracted, or bent, by, and reflected from the drop in such a way that the light appears as a spectrum of colors. As we permit God in our lives He will be reflected in us.
The colors of a rainbow can be seen, however, only when the angle of reflection between the sun, the drop of water, and the observer's line of vision is between 40° and 42°. Happiness is in the pride of who we are and from where we come from; that resumes the acceptance of the unchangeable reality.
When the sun is low in the sky, the rainbow appears relatively high; as the sun rises higher, the rainbow appears lower in the sky, maintaining the critical 40°- to 42°-angle. Happiness comes as we protect our soul from being damaged. When we stop searching for God, our life experiences become hopeless.
When the sun is more than 42° above the horizon, no rainbow can be seen because the required angle passes over the head of the observer. Happiness does not come from our surroundings, but from our inside. Being blessed by God brings true happiness to our lives.
James 1:25 “But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it--he will be blessed in what he does.”
I invite you to observe the wonderful works of God. Natures true miracles help us understand and/or find the key...the answer...to many of our conflicts.
Blessings to all!
© Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill
© 2012 Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill