Chasing Rainbows

Again, I saw that for all toil and every skillful work a man is envied by his neighbor. This also is vanity and grasping for the wind. - Ecclesiastes 4:4

One Saturday morning I was up very early because of jet lag, so I went out for a walk. Much to my delight, I saw a beautiful rainbow. I pulled out my phone to snap a quick picture, but the rainbow was barely visible in the photo. The further I walked, the more stunning the rainbow became, so I decided to go home and get my camera. But when I made it back to the spot where I saw the rainbow at its best, it was gone.

I thought, "This is why people should not chase rainbows." It can be a metaphor for life. We chase after things that aren't quite there.

When we are young, we think, "When I graduate from high school, then I will be complete." So we finally get out of high school, and we think, "Now I have to get a job and actually make a living. I'd better get more education." So we further our education. Then we start our careers, and as we begin working, we hope to climb the ladder of success in our chosen profession. Then we start to think, "Well, it is a relationship I need. I need to be married." And so we get married, and after awhile, we think, "Kids are what I need." After the kids come along, we start dreaming about what it will be like when the kids are grown.

Life just goes on, and we find ourselves chasing rainbows. Then one day we wake up to discover there is more life behind us than there is ahead of us. So don't spend your life chasing after all the things this world has to offer, because you will never find fulfillment on this earth. You will only find it in a relationship with Christ.