I don’t know what Noah would have made of the double rainbow we saw the other day – and the photos really do not do it justice.
It was late afternoon/early evening, about half an hour or so before the sun was due to set and it had been tipping down with rain. Suddenly, one member of the family shouted out and we went to see what the fuss was about. There was a rainbow that stretched from horizon to horizon, a full arc that I could not fit in the view finder of the camera (I did try a panoramic view but lost the top of the bow it was that large). To cap it all, there was a double, not as bright but still clearly visible. As for the rest of the sky, it was grey with rain clouds overhead while, in the west, the sky was a glorious yellow around the sun.
All this lasted a few minutes with the bows fading even as I grabbed my camera and snapped away hopefully – between times of just enjoying the spectacle. The last picture seems to show some rays of light and dark emanating from the centre of the bow. Not sure if this is to do with the rainbow or just coincidental.
Thinking of Noah and the rainbow, it says that the rainbow is a sign that God will not destroy the earth by way of a flood as described in that story. In my more depressing moments I can’t help wondering whether he would ever need to – we are perfectly capable of destroying the world ourselves. I hope it does not come to that. Whatever one’s opinion about climate change (and I personally go with the view that we are contributing to it) it behoves us to take care of the world that we have been entrusted with.
A prayer from “Common Worship”
Almighty God, give us reverence for all creation and respect for every person, that we may mirror your likeness in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (Alternative Collects p 11)