The White Rainbow

There are few things more fascinating than a rainbow.  Several months ago at my daughter’s 2nd birthday party a bright, vibrant, and colorful rainbow appeared.  The rainbow drew every friend and family member outside to see it.  Several of our neighbors also came out to witness this beautiful sight.  Rainbows are awesome all by themselves, but this morning I read about a photograph taken of a very rare white rainbow in the arctic.  This white rainbow is actually known as a “fog bow” because it appears in foggy conditions instead of rainy ones.  The picture’s caption explained, “It appears white because the water droplets in fog are much smaller than raindrops and as the droplets get smaller, the colors disappear” (Yahoo Snapshots – Best Images of Week of December 16th).

After researching fog bows, I found there are also fog bows that can be seen from the clouds, called “cloud bows” (typically when flying above them), and there are fog bows that can be seen at night, called lunar fog bows (using the moon’s light).  No matter what form it comes in, these are all just different types of rainbows.  They all use light and water droplets to make a beautiful arch in the sky.

So, whether you are at the arctic or in America, in an airplane or on the ground, during the day or night, God’s beautiful rainbows can be seen.  There is almost no time or place on earth where a rainbow can’t be seen.  Clearly these have a great importance.  We are reminded of this importance in Genesis 9:12-15:

“And God said, ‘This is the sign of the covenant I am making between me and you and every living creature with you, a covenant for all generations to come: I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth. Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will remember my covenant between me and you and all living creatures of every kind. Never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all life.’”

It’s wonderful that no matter where we are on the earth, rainbows are there to remind us that there is a God and He keeps His promises.

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