Don’t you love rainbows? They usually arrive after a big storm. I took this picture in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico a few days ago, the morning after a rare late-winter storm. That night the wind blew, the rain was torrential, and many places flooded. This same storm also produced snow in Mexico, in places that have never seen snow! I was scared! But the storm passed, the sun came out, the snow melted, and all was well again. And the rainbow appeared!
In the Bible, in the Book of Genesis, God put the rainbow in the sky to remind Himself not to destroy the world ever again by a flood. The Irish have a legend that there is a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. In our times, the rainbow is a symbol of unity and good will, that we may be many but we are all one. And all is well.
All of us pass through storms in our lives: the loss of a loved one, losing a job, developing a chronic illness, I could go on and on. You know the losses you have faced. But most of us have weathered the storm, and after the storm, we have moved on a little bit stronger. If we are truly open to the storm’s teachings, we emerge wiser and more grateful.
I believe that each challenge, each storm, offers us an opportunity to change our perception of the world. Perhaps, after the storm, we are able to help others to weather their storm because we made it through. Perhaps we learn deeper compassion for others, or a deeper appreciation of all the gifts of people and things in our lives. This is what the rainbow can mean for us, this is the pot of gold at the rainbow’s end. We always have a choice: to remain scarred and bitter as a victim of the storm, or to breathe in the clean rain-washed air after the storm to embrace the learnings, and move on in love and gratitude.
This week as we celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day, may the rainbows in your lives be many, and may you embrace the gifts that each one brings. Many blessings always!