Thursday, June 19, 2008

An ordinary miracle



Timing is everything. In fact, finding myself at Union Station during yesterday's technicolor double rainbow was miraculous. Not Miraculous, or MIRACULOUS, or miraculous - no - a rainbow is not an extraordinary event, but it is such a gorgeous sight.

When the sun shines low on the horizon while it's raining overhead, there will be a rainbow. It's a meteorological fact. The physics of light demand that there be a rainbow under such circumstances. But you never know if it's going to be so bright that you can see several layers of rainbow, something my cheap camera could not capture, nor can you predict a double rainbow.

Jews believe the appearance of a rainbow is God's way of saying He's still committed to our agreement with Him. The Norse myths include a shimmering rainbow bridge that connects the world of humans with the world of the gods. Everyone who knows about leprechauns understands that at the end of the rainbow, there's likely to be a pot of gold. Also deeply ingrained in the American psyche is the haunting refrain of the song Dorothy sings right before the big storm that takes her to her destiny in the land of Oz.

Rainbows loom large in our human legends. So, even though it was 6:30 p.m. and everyone was in a rush to get home from work, you'd think a sight this breathtaking would make everyone stop, just for a second, to take in the beauty. Unfortunately, rainbows are often overlooked by people who are too busy to notice the gifts of the ever-changing sky. These people generally think that if miracles are "real", they're a phenomena that belongs in the past. Sad, isn't it?

I'm never that busy, thank God. And BTW, thanks, God, for yesterday's awesome double rainbow. Well done You!!

9 comments:

wordwitch said...

I saw this from 14th and Irving St. NW as I was finishing my work out. It was neat to sit and cool down while enjoying the view from 3 stories up!!

Barbara said...

Fabulous pictures! I was driving to meditation and never managed to see the second rainbow. But the first was so strong and stayed with me for a long time. The Hebrew word for rainbow is Keshet, also the name of the preschool my children attended.

d. chedwick said...

Unbelievable! This is just another amazing reason why we should always remember to bring our cameras...
This double rainbow wanted to be captured!

Lee's River said...

great job by you too, reya, in capturing the beauty.

Steve said...

Indeed, it's great you were prepared! Protestants have that whole covenant thing with rainbows too...

Have you ever been up in an airplane and seen a circular rainbow! THAT's trippy!

IntangibleArts said...

And from that vantage-point, just a short hop to Dubliner to celebrate this "ordinary miracle" with a well-poured Guinness (and, sadly, eleven trillion Capitol Hill interns... but still, the Dark Pint has no equal, and the buzzing hoarde will dissipate soon enough)

lettuce said...

wow, wonderful

i love how the sky is different colours either side of the rainbow

Gary said...

Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful! I am one of those folks that call my friends or literally drag them outside to see rainbows when they are about. (I have a post somewhere in my blog about rainbows.)

I love that you give thanks for these wonders. Just another reason I adore you.

Moonroot said...

Amazing photos! Wow!