The kids were so excited, helping Daddy clean out the tank, waiting for the water to warm up to the same temperature as the water they had been in, etc. Rainbow seemed to be doing okay, although not a very active fish. Just kind of "hanging out."
Well... on Saturday morning, Rainbow just wasn't moving at all. The color had left and there was a paleness... Rainbow had died. This was very hard for Emma. Even with the reassurance of another fish, she cried desperately, "But I want Rainbow!!" When Ben was flushing Rainbow, he was telling the kids that the fish would go through the pipes and out into the ocean (or something to that effect, I missed the whole conversation). Emma was just so sad. I sat, rocking with her, explaining that this is not how God intended it to be. When God made this world, His intention was for life, not death. But, we chose sin. And ever since that time, death is a part of this life. Even the most beautiful parts of creation are dying. And while it is so sad, and so overwhelming at times... it is also the framework for the beautiful picture of redemption. Death is not the end of the story!! Our great Hero, Jesus, has redeemed us and triumphed over this enemy of death!! Now, what does this mean for Rainbow? I don't know. (I had to be honest with the kid... I just don't know. I did tell her, that while the Bible does make mention of animals in regards to heaven, I am just not sure if that includes Rainbow.) It did make for some very interesting conversation, however.
Anyway, at church on Sunday, they had little "Prayer Request" cards in the bulletin. Caleb was asking about it, and I saw Ben explaining it to him at the other end of the pew. Then, I saw Caleb writing away... When he was done, Ben showed it to me:
"Dear God, please keep Rainbow safe out in the ocean."
So sweet. Not sure he really understood that Rainbow was DEAD out there in the "ocean", but still, very sweet.