I had a few minutes to stop and wait in quietness, with this picture opposite. It’s a modern stained glass window, and draws your attention. Carefully chosen types of glass to convey the features of the landscape, but also the symbols of rainbow and sun – promise and blessing.
I had to check out whether the physics of the rainbow had been noted. Well, you have to, don’t you? There were a couple of colours missing, but that’s understandable in the limited space. But they were in the right order. ROY. G. BIV.
But then, having started on that tack. Oh. Ah. Problems! Why hadn’t I spotted that?
To see a rainbow, the sun has to be behind you. It can’t be next to the rainbow!
And the little clouds. For there to a rainbow there must be dampness in the atmosphere. It has to be overcast, or even raining.
It’s a nice picture, skilfully assembled, pleasant to look at, but it is false, and a rosy tinted lie. Idyllic, but not reflecting reality.
To come to the idyllic, you do have to come through reality – otherwise it is just escapism.
Look at the storm of the cross (the scandalous human condition exposed), the empty tomb (unexpected victory), and see the released gentle dove (the disturbing gift of life sent for now). That’s the rainbow, the deliverer of the promise.
And behold the Son, reflected in you and those who been awakened by His reception in their being. Now there is a stained glass window to behold.