After the rain


Rainbows. I have seen three recently. This is one from my garden. I saw another driving along a road (couldn’t take a photo). A friend pointed out another at work (didn’t take a photo).

Each time I see a rainbow my spirits are lifted. I am glad. Almost ridiculously glad.

Why is this? A rainbow is simply a reaction of light in water droplets, always happening opposite the sun. Yet I have an emotional reaction. I smile when I see a rainbow. I am happy. I am the lighter for it.

Perhaps it is about hope. The rain – read ‘the tough times’ – has passed. So quickly, the sun – read ‘the good times’ – has come. Life continues and all things pass.

It also makes me think of the creator. It is beautiful. But it’s deeper even than that. It reminds me of a story. It’s a story of a flood than nearly destroyed everything – but it didn’t. There was hope. There was life. And there was the promise of relationship between God and all living creatures.

Maybe my reaction is best expressed just as ‘wow’, without too much analysis! Join me next time you see a rainbow. And in the meantime know that all things pass – and there is hope.

This is Mindful Monday on 28 October 2019.

If you living in or near Cheltenham, join Sara Shailer and Julie Hill for an evening of mindfulness exploring the theme of the uniqueness of each of our journeys on the evening of Monday 4 November at the Oasis in Cheltenham. To book your place, email



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