Have you ever thought about the COLOR that God has created? Whether it’s in a sunrise, a people group, flowers or dyes of fabrics, His beauty and color assaults the senses at every turn.
A group of 13 of us just returned from the first En Gedi Experience in Israel, and though I often think of this land as being full of deserts and rocks and conflict, together we experienced the truth of life and COLOR everywhere…vibrant, alive, and verdant beauty! It’s hard to capture the benefit of that color to the soul (or at least my soul! :-), but I felt like I tasted the full pallet of the beauty and diversity of God during our time in Israel. As we saw the many places where Jesus walked, studied His character and heart during our teaching times, and built relationship with a wonderful group of His people, we tasted of the nature of our Father!
It leads me to worship. I celebrate my Great God of beauty and color. Though I could (and will eventually) talk about the incredibly sweet community we had together as His people, I really want to share the color and beauty that was all around us, and there’s no better way to do that than through pictures. So, taste a bit of the feast that we were given by Him over the last couple weeks…
As I took in that visual feast and am now reflecting on it, I started thinking about daily life. The color in these pictures came from a trip to another land–a special land specifically chosen by God. It’s easy to think that the nature of God revealed through beauty and color in Israel is isolated to a once-in-a-lifetime experience, but it’s His NATURE to create beauty and color. According to Ephesians 2, just like with Israel, He has chosen my place in life for me before the foundations of the world. As such, it also has to be full of beauty and color or it wouldn’t accurately reflect His nature. No matter how barren things may seem, I know that He has provided beauty and color, as that is who He is, so I just need eyes to SEE it! There seems to be more time and space to absorb special sights, sounds, tastes and scents on a trip than there is as I “run” through daily life. I wonder if it makes Him sad, as He has created things for our enjoyment, and I often don’t have the time or eyes to see it.
I’m praying today that He “opens the eyes of my heart” to see Him–that I will “be still and know that He is God”–to see all the beauty and the color that He has created in my every day life–a cup of tea, spring trees, an airport lounge (today!! :-)), dear friends, a redeemed heart, a committed family, clean water, and many other things that I may not see as they are “normal.” Oh, that I will SEE Him and worship, thanking Him for the many good gifts He puts right in front of me, as He promises that when I see Him I will become like Him. I pray that for both you and for me today–to see Him, to worship and to become like Him–full of color and beauty, the WOW! kind of beauty and color that we saw in Israel.