Her living room window faced west and she loved to watch the sunset, especially after the rain. Nowhere on earth was the sunset more colorful than here on the desert. Tonight was no exception.
It had rained hard for several hours today. Thunder rolled across the mountains and lighting lit the dark sky. Intense thunder storms were unusual here—at least they were at one time.
Lately it seemed as though all of nature was out of sync. Mountain animals had descended into the desert and new species were appearing daily. Antelope and deer were thriving in the once arid land. “It’s ironic,” she said aloud. Before the cattle barons allowed cattle to overgraze the New Mexico prairie, the land was fertile grassland. “Man destroyed it and nature is rebuilding it”.
The sun was backlighting the clouds but it was too early for sunset so she turned on the television. The weatherman predicted thunder storms for the next five days.
“What’s new?” she asked the TV. As if in response, the anchor man started a story about the climatic changes. Glaciers were melting, the oceans were rising and a greater amount of water was being absorbed into the clouds. In turn, this created the thunder storms over the southwest deserts. Rivers were overflowing and new streams were being created. This fed the earth and created grasses and shrubs where none had grown for over one hundred years. No longer was the desert arid. It was becoming a garden spot, the only one on the planet.
All the climatic changes had instigated wars. Civil war was destroying every country on earth as countries fought each other. The northernmost countries were now barren, covered by oceans. Soon there would be no people left in most countries. She knew this as surely as she knew that the desert was blooming once again. She knew this as she knew she was pregnant even though she hadn’t been with a man for more than three years.
“God may have promised that he would never flood the world again but he didn’t promise not to flood most of it, thereby creating a new world. Maybe this is our new Garden of Eden.”
Once again she glanced out the window, just in time to see a double rainbow. All was well in the world.