No Color

masterpieceI pray that the perception of your mind may be enlightened so you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the glorious riches of His inheritance among the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of His power to us who believe, according to the working of His vast strength. (Ephesians 1:18)

Ponder It.
What is something you used to believe was black and white but now see some gray and other colors?
How easily distracted are you? By what?
How has God surprised you lately?

Receive It.
Have you ever looked at a black and white photo and seen color? Maybe not actual color, but you know what is darker than something else. You imagine green on the ground and in the leaves. You see dark hair and imagine dark brown or black. The dress looks light, so you’re sure it’s pastel. Or, sometimes when we don’t have the colors in front of us, we lessen the distractions and notice details we might have otherwise missed. We see something on the ground or in the background. We notice the intensity of the eyes and the slight curve of the mouth.

In simplicity, God opens our eyes to details we wouldn’t see otherwise. Our imaginations and sensitivities are heightened. We’re not distracted or preoccupied. We don’t have tunnel vision. We search for details as if we’re hungry for something. And when we’re hungry, God often feeds us in ways we never expected. We think we will find satisfaction in one thing, but God brings something else to us, and we are blessed through the process. God provides us with magnificent colors, and when we see that beautiful color in others’ lives, we desperately want it. But God also provides for us in the dulled or void colors. There is beauty in black and white. We often have a deeper sense of appreciation. Even though we focus on what is lacking, God focuses on what isn’t. Don’t discount something or someone because there is no or little color. Accept it as an opportunity to see something unexpected and be filled with beauty in the process.

Live It.
Choose a basic color. Look for it throughout the day. See how many places you can find it, in any shade. What do you notice that you haven’t noticed before? Consider the variety in which the color is used. How do the shades of color affect the way you experience it and the other things around it? Search the unexpected and find beauty in the process.

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