A rainbow is more than a beautiful image. It is a reminder of a covenant.

Nothing quite beats starting a day with a rainbow. But that’s exactly what local residents and passersby who were outside looking west saw between about 6:45 and 7 a.m. this morning.

Rainbows offer a fleeting beauty, as was this one, but for a few minutes it formed a vibrant full arc across the south central Kansas skies.

It brought to mind an experience that George Van Komen, former president of the Independence, Missouri Mission of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, had in Pratt several years ago.

President Van Komen had come to town to consider whether or not to reinstate the full-time proselytizing missionaries in this area after a long absence. Sometime not long after making his decision to place missionaries in Pratt once again, he witnessed a beautiful rainbow above town. Though he had not been seeking a sign, he accepted this as confirmation of his decision.  

Incidentally, the rainbow provides us a reminder that God will not once again destroy the earth by flooding. As Genesis 9:14-15 states, “And it shall come to pass, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the bow shall be seen in the cloud. And I will remember my covenant, which is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall no more become a flood to destroy all flesh.”