All the Pretty Colors

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When was the last time you stopped in the busy, rushing, whirring, crazy fast tracks of your life to take a good, thankful look around you to notice all the countless colors God created? As I strolled down the tiny country road I live on with paralyzed Miss Mercy gleefully scurrying forward in her wheelchair, I looked all around me amid this beautiful, hot, sunshine-resplendent spring day and realized the colors God uses merely for tree leaves alone are manifold. When I shifted my eyes from the trees elsewhere, I saw the same. All the pretty colors. So many colors. And shapes. And sizes. And types of trees. Of grass. Oh, and I could go on. Of bugs. Of dirt. Of clouds. God didn’t just create the world. He created it magnificently. With creativity that never runs out. And I can’t help but think I have spent most of my life not even noticing. Not even seeing. Not even appreciating. Not even acknowledging. Not at all thankful. But this is not all.

For now, in my mid-40’s, as parts of me begin their downhill travels (hair color, eyesight, skin, etc.), I see I have not only been utterly blind to, and ungrateful, about so much of the beauty God has created, but I have lacked thanksgiving for how God has equipped me to see His magnificence all around me. Eyes to see. Ears to hear. Taste to taste. Nose to smell. Feet that walk. A mind that works. Food to sustain me. Oh, and how I could go on. How often have I stopped not just to thank God for all the beauty around me, and how often have I stopped to simply thank Him that He has enabled me to appreciate it? Not enough. Never enough. Can there ever be enough of thanking Him? Oh, if only I would just remember to even begin in this direction of thanking Him, thanking Him, thanking Him! My maternal grandfather was color blind. My cousin was born with most of her sight missing. I have eyes that see. Ears that hear. The ability to walk down my tiny country road to see how God has brought back the return of spring – and how lovely, and how warm, it is!

But even as I consider all the pretty colors, and how blessed I am for the ability to enjoy all this, I realize that more than anything else I have this. I have eyes that see the Lord. I have ears that hear the Lord. I have a heart that hungers incessantly for the Lord – and that is continually filled with Him. I have feet that help me to walk down the tiny country road of my life with Him. And truly, there are blind and deaf people that see and hear more of the Lord than those with perfect eyesight and perfect hearing. For at the end of the day, the greatest blessing of all is not the endless array of all the pretty colors nor this pretty spring day – nor the eyes to see it all.

The greatest blessing is the ability, the desire, the yearning, the seeking, and the fulfillment of knowing the Lord God almighty, Creator of all the pretty colors, through faith in His precious, only begotten Son, Jesus the Christ. For even as precious as His Creation is, it is nothing whatever when compared with the Creator Himself! Oh, Hallelujah, praise the Lord! Praise His Holy name!

1Praise the LORD!

            Praise God in His sanctuary;

            Praise Him in His mighty expanse.

      2Praise Him for His mighty deeds;
            Praise Him according to His excellent greatness.

      3Praise Him with trumpet sound;
            Praise Him with harp and lyre.

      4Praise Him with timbrel and dancing;
            Praise Him with stringed instruments and pipe.

      5Praise Him with loud cymbals;
            Praise Him with resounding cymbals.

      6Let everything that has breath praise the LORD.
            Praise the LORD!
Psalm 150
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