Sunshine and rain. It takes both to produce a rainbow like this. We were cruising south from Kirkenis, Norway, far above the Arctic Circle. The ship sailed between rocky islands and the spectacular mountains of the coast, entering the occasional narrow fjord. Mostly we saw the heavy clouds typical of this time of year. My husband would have been disappointed if we hadn’t had one day when we crashed through the waves and spray rose higher than the decks. Dinner was sparsely attended that night. Even some of the wait staff were missing. I made it through the soup course before retreating to my bunk (losing my soup on the way.)
On our one sunny day, somewhere below the Arctic Circle my fellow photographers and I congregated on the back upper deck to take pictures of a hole high up in a mountain, hollowed out long ages ago when the level of the sea was much different. A mist began to fall. Suddenly the lofty hole was no more than a centerpiece to the 360-degree rainbow that circled the mountain. Sorry I couldn’t back far enough away to give you the full perspective.
These days I am praying for several friends and relatives with cancer or brain tumors. My cousin, who was given 6 months when diagnosed, is now making medical history after three years. He has had to quit work as a color chemist because of vision problems, but he continues to volunteer weekly in a local hospital. He pushes patients’ wheelchairs, and I don’t doubt that he is an inspiration to all. He and his wife trust God day by day and give thanks for the blessings of life that the rest of us take for granted. Maybe only in heaven will we understand.