I have always loved to color.
I suppose it’s my left handedness. Right brained. I’m drawn to art and literature over math and science every time.
Ever since I was a young child, I’ve always been fixated on coloring between the lines. Outlining in a darker shade. I never scribbled. So It wouldn’t surprise me in the least to realize that that’s how I’ve lived most of my life. Staying between the lines. I’m a rule follower. Everything to me for the most part is either black or white. Right or wrong.
I now realize that the world doesn’t respond to that anymore. We now live in a technicolor world. We are surrounded with rainbows of every color all blended together. In order to not judge others, I’ve had to learn to color outside the lines every now and again. See things from other’s perspectives. Appreciate all kinds of views.
I have a cherished pile of markers and crayons and colored pencils and coloring books beside my bed on my nightstand. They are all gifts I’ve received over the past few years from those that know my fondness for coloring.
I used to work nights for many years so I often times find myself awake late at night. I was brought up in a home with TVs not allowed in your bedroom. Bedrooms were for tranquility. Rest and relaxation. Slumber. Not television. So when I can’t sleep , sometimes I read, but sometimes I color. It’s so therapeutic! it’s so much more relaxing than watching TV. And the end product is a colorful work of art which expresses my current mindset rather than a sleepless night with nothing to show for it.
Do you remember the story of another colorful work of art? You may better know it as Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, the musical. In this bible story Jacob loved his son Joseph best and made him a coat of many colors. His brothers were jealous and plotted his demise. If you’re not familiar with it, I encourage you to read the ending for yourself.
Let’s not be like Joseph’s brothers. Instead let’s be like his fsther, Jacob. Let’s make beautiful colorful works of art for the world to see. That’s precisely how God sees each one of us. His own beautiful creation. His own unique works of art. Let’s add the color to black and white. Let’s color within the lines of life. Stay within God’s boundaries for us we find written in His word.
And if you can’t sleep at night instead of counting sheep, come on over and let’s color! ♡
Now Israel loved Joseph more than any other of his sons, because he was the son of his old age. And he made him a robe of many colors. But when his brothers saw that their father loved him more than all his brothers, they hated him and could not speak peacefully to him.
Love and laughter,