A Post-Grad's Attempt at a Healthy, Joyful, and Blissfully Sweet Life

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Colors of the Wind

hello friends,

a couple days ago i was at church, and my pastor was telling us a "bunny story" of his. he claimed that whenever he was feeling especially spiritually low, God always put a bunny in his path that day to remind him that He has it all under control, and was loving on him.  i began to think about ways in which God does that to me-isn't it cool to think that God has a special language He speaks to each of us, personalized according to our unique selves?  just like how a parent knows the exact way to soothe a crying child, our Father knows exactly how to speak to us when we really need it-or simply just to say hello!

when i was talking about this with luke, he said he thinks God speaks to him when he studies the body.  he was a bio major at college, and wants to go into the medical field in some way.  learning about all the intricacies of the body and how it is designed to function really helps him connect to the God who created it all. 

"God must be a painter.
Why else would we have so many colors?"
A Beautiful Mind

i've known how God speaks to me for a long time-through nature's color.  as an artist, i have always been fascinated with color and pairing different ones together to create aestically pleasing combinations.  however, what really blows me away is when i see color in nature-color that no man created, but just is.  God is indeed the greatest artist of all time-He created color! woah. when i look outside and see a beautiful sky, full of bright blues or pinks, oranges, and yellows, i think wow-God just used the sky as his canvas. i am astounded when i look at a flower and see all the beautiful colors in the petals-to think that grew from the ground! and at the farmer's market the other day, i was again left in awe of His painterly self...

i didn't even touch up this photo-that is the true vibrancy of the colors!

woah. i think i actually exclaimed "God is amazing!" when i looked at the stems of the swiss chard i bought.  aren't those colors just mouth watering?! bright yellows, deep reds, pulsing magentas-all created by the same power that created us.  pre-tty cool.  what blows me away even more is that these are the stems. the part in the ground. i think this shows He has surprise after surprise awaiting us at every turn-if we look for it.  i think He wants us to truly explore all the hard work He put into creating this earth-He wants us to go on exciting adventures and interact with the nature He put on this earth with us.  but, even if we are too tired (or too broke because we just graduated college and barely have a "living day to day" fund, much less an "exciting adventure" fund and so therefore will more likely be navigating the local stop and shop for deals on food instead of trekking through the himalayan mountains), well-He still has ways to make ordinary days extraordinary.

He's a good dad-He likes to pop in and say hi to his sons and daughters every now and again :)

i feel like He says "see? i'm awesome. i'm majestic. i'm worthy of praise.  just look at my colors!" every time i take special note of a color in nature.  and it calms me.  it excites me. it makes me love my God more and more.  because who else is this cool? man can try to recreate the colors seen in nature through mixing and blending pigments, but God's the original artist. His were the first hands to create it all.

look at the colors pulsing through the veins!

"Shout for joy to God, all the earth!
    Sing the glory of his name;
    make his praise glorious.
 Say to God, “How awesome are your deeds!
    So great is your power
    that your enemies cringe before you.
 All the earth bows down to you;
    they sing praise to you,
    they sing the praises of your name.”
~Psalm 66:1-4

in what ways does God speak to you? ever notice that before?  if not, take this week to focus on what grabs your heart, or if there is a consistent thing in your life that gives you a sense of peace-like seeing a bunny on the side of the road, thinking about the ways the body works, or noticing the colors all around you.  listen to the unique way God communicates His love to you!

blessings, friends

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