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The untamable sky

August 17, 2014

It was a day of strange weather.

That’s not particularly unusual in Florida; we have strange weather all the time, and no season is exempt from it.

But today saw a lot of isolated summer squalls, the kind where you are driving down the road in sunshine but you can see just up ahead that the pavement is suddenly wet and the sky is a curtain of rain.

You drive into it, then you drive out of it.

At least until the next squall.

The sky was wild and beautiful.  It wasn’t a day for the beach.  It was a day to admire the mysterious ways of clouds, puffy and tall and filled with dark corners, beckoning rainbows to arc and shimmer across their heights.

I was reminded that in Genesis, God set a rainbow in the sky as a sign of His promise that He’d never again destroy the earth or life on it by flood.

Rainbows don’t happen on completely sunny days.  They shine against the backdrop of dark clouds, in the aftermath of—and sometimes between—storms, because we always need the reminder:

you’re not going to die from this.

 

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