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Rainy day in Butuan reminds us the significance of a natural wonder

By GB Candelario

It was a usual after rain scenario in the city.

The ground was wet while people started to rush in going home as it was around 5:30 pm.

But just when you look at the sky, you can surely spend your seconds looking up with fascination of that perfect colorful arc.

A rainbow indeed!

For a person who loves photography it was a tempting moment to grab a camera and trigger that shutter. And for someone who appreciates the wonders of nature it was a delightful experience to stare those colors in a gloomy afternoon.

One may flash back in childhood and associates that rainbow with the Leprechaun’s pot of gold buried at its end. While others may have referred science of reflection, refraction and dispersion of light in water droplets.
As for myself, I recall a shared Bible script about the significance of a rainbow during the time of Noah, after the worldwide flood.

It was a good phrase to spare a moment of reflection.


In the book of Genesis chapter 9, verse 12-17, the rainbow signifies the covenant established between God and man. It reminds us of the merciful promise of God to Noah and for all the generations to come, that never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all life.

“Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth.”, verse 16 says.

In accordance with the scripture the narrative is clear. A rainbow would always remind us of that merciful promise and love made by God to man.

On second thought I saw the colorful arc seems highlighting the icons of our social consciousness, the monument of Rizal our national hero and the Philippine flag.

In a city where social issues are tough challenge, one shouldn’t lose his or her hopes for its alleviation.
The solvent kids around, the scene of prostitution at night and even the negative vibes thrown against the government in previous and present are just few of those we’ve long seen.

These undesirable conditions in our community may directly or indirectly affect us with hopefulness to be lessen, at least, if not be eradicated soon.

As the saying goes “There’s a rainbow always after the rain”, and that makes sense to stay strong and be positive amidst the issues that we are facing in our society today.

So the next time we see this picturesque wonder of nature, let us all be reminded and always reflect of its symbol of the fulfillment of the promise and hope to keep us strong in times of challenges and uncertainties.

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