By Jeremy Vlasich
When I was little, I loved to hear about magical and mystical stories. I always hoped they were true!
One story I always enjoyed was the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. I wanted this to be real more than anything. I’d see a rainbow and ride my bike towards it, trying to find the end with the pot of gold.
Unfortunately, I was disappointed every time.
The other day there was a massive storm that came through our area. It was heavy, but brief.
After it had blown through, there was a light misting rain gently coming down. My wife looked out the window and said, “Come check this out! The end of the rainbow is in our yard!”
Even though I tried hard as a child, I was never able to get to the actual end of the rainbow. It always seemed elusive and too distant. Also, I had to find it. This meant I had to go out and work.
During this special day, it found me in my own yard without me having to work at finding it. The end of the rainbow just showed up in my front yard.
I’d be lying to you if I said that I didn’t go out and look at the end in hopes that maybe there was a pot of gold at the end. Even as an adult, I still had some deep hope that the end of the rainbow had a pot of gold.
The magic of the rainbow was still in my heart.
To me, this is the most interesting part about rainbows. They are still magical today.
Furthermore, rainbows actually have something better than a pot of gold at the end. After Noah’s story of the flood in the Bible, God put a rainbow in the sky as a sign and promise that he would never destroy the earth again with a flood.
The rainbow is actually a symbol of God’s faithfulness and mercy.
The real “gold“
As a child, I really just wanted the pot of gold. I imagined these detailed dreams of what I could do and have with the wealth. I would dream about all the material stuff that I could buy.
As an adult, I know that this pot of gold would be fun. But I also know it would eventually run out.
And then, I’d merely be left with material things that likely would lack any substance. Essentially, there would be a stopping point to the fun things I could buy.
Today, I’m more interested in God’s faithfulness and mercy.
This never ends. It’s abundant, timeless, and ever-lasting. God’s faithfulness and mercy is so much better than gold that can only buy material things on earth.
The real lesson in seeing the rainbow in my front yard is that God is speaking to us and showing us things all the time. The magical part of the rainbow is God’s blessings for us. This is Him speaking to us. This is Him reminding us of Him.
Next time you see a rainbow, remember the promise God made to Noah and to us, a promise that shows us He is always with us!
Do you have any experiences of desires from your childhood actually being better than you could have imagined? I would love to hear about them in the comments!
(Note: From faith to finances, we’re seeing more assumptions challenged, beliefs built, and lives leveled-up than ever before from people reading Lifeonaire for the first time. 🙂 )