Driving home from work one evening, I was blown away by the incredible sky. It was one of those slow, summer sunsets that fills the sky and takes its time to travel across the horizon. I pulled over to snap a few pictures while it was still light enough. My car was parked on a rocky outlet on a side street, I left the car running and the door open as I jumped out to capture the last light on my trusty smart phone. I was literally pursuing the light and chasing the beauty. When was the last time you chased beauty?
This reminded me of when I was a young high school student and my sister was in middle school. At the time, our family lived in a house that backed up to a field and beyond that was a golf course. One summer, a brilliant rainbow stretched across the sky and looked as if it was actually touching the ground in the field. Colorful light filled a grassy area that appeared just a short distance away from our house. My sister and I threw on our shoes, rushed out the back door and ran to find that rainbow. I was sure we could touch it.
So we ran and ran. We ran through the field and across the bridge that led to the golf course. The farther we ran, the farther the rainbow went. We ran on for a while pausing to catch our breath. It’s not easy chasing rainbows in Colorado’s high altitude. I put logic aside and was convinced I really could touch the rainbow if we ran faster. We ran a little further, but alas, we didn’t touch the rainbow. It was always just beyond our reach, and we knew that, yet we delightfully pursued anyway. I love this little memory and I still hold in my heart a faith that says you can catch rainbows if you chase them hard enough.
Sometimes in the chaos of life we forget to chase rainbows. We forget to look up and notice a summer sunset claiming the sky. I turn my eyes inward and get stuck. I put the emphasis on myself, not on He who is greater. Suddenly, I forget rainbows and chasing beauty because I get lost in myself. When will I wake up from this toxic sleep of self-obsession? When will I be brave enough to be free, unbound in endless salvation, resting in quiet hallelujahs?
I hold dear a philosophy of chasing rainbows. A little whimsy and faith can go a long way. Maybe you can’t touch rainbows; maybe science says it’s impossible. I don’t care. I will keep chasing rainbows anyway.
Alive and awake
Sky speak to me
I chase your brilliance
I catch sun’s last light
My last glimpse is another’s first taste
Morphing color make your brilliance known to me
Great big sky encircle me like a warm embrace
Sweet kisses of pink, blue and gold
Heaven in the wisps of every cloud
Your vastness in miles of big open sky
Your creative canvas
Your most holy playground
A love letter of highest form
A kaleidoscope of light
Heaven softly calling from up above
Surrounded by love’s perfect touch
Clouds surrendered to their maker
Lighthearted they rest in splendid suspension
A place of fearless awe and wonder
Overwhelmed you would paint skies for me
In a world torn, hurting and afraid
You pause to create such beauty
Who am I to deserve such art?
A gift I’m most undeserving
But I’ll stand still and wait and watch
A moment in time is mine for the taking
If only I’ll look up
Inward eyes I do despise
Yet I’m so easily swayed
Emphasis on you is joy
Roots of faith grow down deep
Taking hope from wondrous skies