It has been ages since I joined in with #RonovanWritesWeeklyHaikuChallenge. This week the prompt words are Quiet & Beauty. Those are two of my favorite words, so how could I resist? I began looking through my recent photos to get inspiration. There were some lovely ones among those I took at the lake in Maine. Since I had already written haiku for several of them, I decided to review some of the other July photos. This lovely rainbow stood out to me, and I remembered the raging thunderstorm that had come before.
A quiet rainbow
Beauty follows thunderstorm
The rainbow reminds me of God’s covenant with Noah and all creatures living on earth.
And God said, “This is the sign of the covenant I am making between me and you and every living creature with you, a covenant for all future generations: I have placed my bow in the clouds, and it will be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth. Whenever I form clouds over the earth and the bow appears in the clouds, I will remember my covenant between me and you and all the living creatures: water will never again become a flood to destroy every creature. The bow will be in the clouds, and I will look at it and remember the permanent covenant between God and all the living creatures on earth.”
When I did a little research on the Bible Gateway website, I found other verses using the word rainbow. I didn’t realize it was also used to describe the glory of the Lord.
The appearance of the brilliant light all around was like that of a rainbow in a cloud on a rainy day. This was the appearance of the likeness of the Lord’s glory. When I saw it, I fell facedown and heard a voice speaking.
It really is fun to write haiku. There are so many ways to find inspiration if we open our eyes to be aware of our surroundings. If you’ve never done it before, I encourage you to try it. You might be pleasantly surprised.
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