Have you ever heard someone use the phrase “It’s Rainbows and Butterflies!”? Well, last week I decided that I wasn’t going to let stuff bother me like it always has, and because of that, I was in a good mood pretty much all week. That’s when my wife started saying I was walking around like life was all Rainbows and Butterflies when it really isn’t. What she was trying to say was that it seemed like I was trying to make life happy 24/7 when life isn’t always happy every hour of the day. Well last night I started pondering this phrase and that is when I realized that while she’s right about life not always being happy, in a way it really is all Rainbows and Butterflies too! Let me attempt to explain what I mean.
Let’s first take a closer look at the rainbow and why it exists. It first appeared after the great flood when God destroyed everything on the earth except for Noah, his family, and the animals on the ark. God placed the rainbow in the sky as a reminder of a promise he made to Noah.
8 Again, God said to Noah and his sons:
9 I am going to make a solemn promise to you and to everyone who will live after you. 10 This includes the birds and the animals that came out of the boat. 11 I promise every living creature that the earth and those living on it will never again be destroyed by a flood.
12-13 The rainbow that I have put in the sky will be my sign to you and to every living creature on earth. It will remind you that I will keep this promise forever. 14 When I send clouds over the earth, and a rainbow appears in the sky, 15 I will remember my promise to you and to all other living creatures. Never again will I let floodwaters destroy all life. 16 When I see the rainbow in the sky, I will always remember the promise that I have made to every living creature. 17 The rainbow will be the sign of that solemn promise.
While the rainbow is specifically a sign of God’s promise to never flood the entire earth again, it can also be seen as a sign of God’s promises in general. God has made many promises, and when we see a rainbow or think of a rainbow, we should remind ourselves of those promises, and remember that if we belong to God, he is on our side! Now that alone should be enough to make you the happiest person on the earth… but wait, there’s more…
The butterfly is a beautiful creature, some with vibrant colors, others with intricate designs and others with both. However, they do not begin their lives that way. Butterflies start out as caterpillars, which are not nearly as beautiful as butterflies. One day, however, they shut themselves away in a cocoon, and when they emerge they are a new creation. They go in as one thing and come out as something totally different (and in our eyes, better). When we give our lives to God, we, like the caterpillar, are transformed into something different and beautiful, especially in God’s eyes. As Paul says in II Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” That, just like God’s promises, should be enough to make anyone happy, but let’s take it even further. Let’s look at Mondays. Many people dread Monday because of work, but instead of dreading the beginning of a new week, why not look forward to it and be happy that we have been given the opportunity to start another week brand new? It’s not last week, it’s this week! The old things are gone, let’s focus on what we can do right now, not what we did back then. You can even go farther and apply this to every single day. What happened yesterday is gone, and now you have the opportunity to start fresh!
So, when you begin a new day, remember the promises God has made, remember that you are a new creation in God, and remember that this is a new day! Don’t focus on the past, but instead spend time doing what you do now the absolute best you can. One more quote to end this post, from one of my favorite movies.
Your future hasn’t been written yet. No one’s has. Your future is whatever you make it. So make it a good one! – Doc Brown, Back to the Future III