Double rainbow all the way!!

August 1, 2010

“What does it mean??” So this guy, “Yosemite Bear,” posted a video recording his, shall we say, observations of a meteorological phenomenon. It got tweeted by a late-night TV talk show host, and the rest (over 8 million views later) is history. People just can’t quite believe anyone could be so excited for three-and-a-half minutes without being high:

Overnight, another Internet sensation was born. Soon, people began remixing the video into numerous parodies. Here’s one that uses auto-tuning:

I love what we can do with computers these days!

Finally, here is a parody that begins, “Okay. Let’s kill this meme dead.”

At this point, you’re either doubling over in laughter, or you’re thoroughly sick of it. Maybe both. My kids roll their eyes at me, but I see spiritual meaning in the innocent joy — yes, even ecstasy — of this video. Jesus said,

I’m telling you, unless you return to square one and start over like children, you’re not even going to get a look at the kingdom, let alone get in. Whoever becomes simple and elemental again, like this child, will rank high in God’s kingdom.


Your eye is a lamp, lighting up your whole body. If you live wide-eyed in wonder and belief, your body fills up with light. If you live squinty-eyed in greed and distrust, your body is a dank cellar. Keep your eyes open…

Here’s someone who is living wide-eyed in wonder. He takes it so far, the world thinks he’s either an idiot or high. Heck, he does sound ecstatic, practically orgasmic! This makes me think of Teresa of Ávila, a Christian mystic of the 16th century still famous today, and portrayed in the following statue. (I cropped to a close-up of her face.)

That statue? It’s called Ecstasy of Saint Teresa. (Funny, the area where I live is named Santa Teresa in her honor.) The expression on her face… does it make you uncomfortable? Does the laughter-turning-to-weeping of the Double Rainbow video make you uncomfortable? (Yes, I just drew a line between Baroque sculpture and YouTube, between Teresa and Yosemite Bear!)

“Double Rainbow” was brought up at a party this past Friday night. (Thanks, you guys, it was fun.) As some heard the over-the-top expressions in the video for the first time one person said, “What does it mean? I’ll tell you: it’s condensation in the air with light shining through, caught at the right angle.” I chuckled, but also pointed an accusing finger and said, “Lack of wonder!”

My friends, let us press in to live wide-eyed in wonder, that we may be filled with the light of the kingdom and enter it like children.
++ You amaze me. ++

Jon Reid

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As an American missionary kid who grew up in Japan, I'm a child of two cultures, while not fully belonging to either. This gives me a sightly different view of the world.

13 responses to Double rainbow all the way!!

  1. I love the topics you bring to the table Jon! Jeff showed me this video a couple weeks ago. Like you said, it made me a little uncomfortable, but at the same time, I understood his wonderment! I’m always amazed whenever I see a rainbow. I could see why so many people could think he was high, but I also sometimes feel the same way he did (although maybe less outwardly expressive). It’s a miracle! It’s hope! It’s God’s promise! How can I not be excited?! I was actually encouraged by this video to express my awe and wonder more, especially to my kids. And with the verses you pointed out, I am reminded that being child like in that hope will only fulfill my heart more.

  2. That last one is hilarious! But I do understand your point, we shouldn’t be afraid to express our wonder at God’s creation, and His works in our lives. I often wish I could be less inhibited (in worship especially). It’s so hard to break free of my reserve, and not care what anyone thinks.

  3. John, I couldn’t watch the whole thing, it was over the top. As Yvonne Shao once said “some noises are only meant for the bedroom.” lol. Yes, we should be less inhibited and expressive, and perhaps if I was there, it would have been different, but seeing this low definition video and these noises was just crazy. Anyway, thanks for the laugh though, I needed that. 🙂

  4. C.S. Lewis observed that “joy” was really the same thing as “longing.” He would hike through the British countryside and come upon vistas that created an inconsolable longing for the spiritual reality behind what his eyes saw. I’m with you, Jon, our friend is not far from the Kingdom of God.

  5. Wow, it worked: someone “got it”! Thank you, Brandi…

  6. Sami, what about private worship? That way, you can experiment without worrying about other people. …Oh wait, you’re a mom, you have no privacy.
    Well, if you ever get a chance to be completely alone, try this: Be in a room with a couple of chairs. Picture Jesus in one of the chairs. (After all, he is present.) Speak your thoughts aloud. Don’t forget to listen. But really work on the acknowledgement of his actual presence. What will you say/sing/do? That’s for you to discover…

  7. Helen, what a great Yvonne quote, ha ha!

  8. Ray, I often think of those words of Jesus to unlikely people: “You are not far from the Kingdom of God.” Now that I consider those words, though I have thought them of some people, I have never spoken them. I wonder what would happen if I did.
    Love the Lewis thought.

  9. That is classic Yvonne! Love it.

    What causes one person wild joy makes another person voice jaded conspiracy theories.
    It’s all in how you look at it.

  11. At first, I stared at your comment, not noticing the YouTube link. Then I thought, “Oh! I know! I know what this is!”
    We as a nation have to ask ourselves, what the hell is going on?

  12. I dunno, “c” — though it’s a good double rainbow, I wouldn’t expect that video to go viral. 😉
    (I must say, you have an extremely short name.)