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Color Me Beautiful

Personal sunrise

Wow! It’s a frequent vocabulary word of mine as I watch the sun rise. Today, with each passing moment the sky changes marvelously.  It is as if I am watching a live coloring book on display for the world to see. My eyes are constantly drawn back to marvel at what newness has just appeared, and each time, I am not disappointed. There are so many things that I love about the sunrise, but this morning I am thrilled by the extravagant change. Darkness became light. Black became color. Void became beautiful. My how smart and creative God is! Ecclesiastes 3:11 says “He (God) has made everything beautiful in its time.” During our many hours of daylight, we do not notice much change.  During the hours of night, we again do not notice much change. We normally are not ‘oohed’ and ‘awed’ by awestruck and eye-catching change. It is in the moments of great transition that we are (I am) amazed-- when the sun rises and when the sun sets. Our lives are like this. We often shy away and deny change, yet it is in those moments that we see such greatness, that we see such beauty. These transitions display and shout out, “I AM CHANGED!” No matter if it’s the dawn of a new season or the setting of another, moment by moment God gloriously and marvelously ‘colors me beautiful’. I am his handiwork on display for His glory (Is 61:3) How do we bring God glory? It’s by allowing His fingerprint to be on display over our ever-changing situations. When my life is altered, whether the sun be rising or setting, do I allow Him to be seen? When I or others can see that something is beyond my personal human, weak abilities, God has colored me beautiful. When I personally don’t have the capacity to make it one more day, yet I persevere through, He has colored me beautiful. When I am able to give up the right to be right and forgive those who have hurt me, He has colored me beautiful. When I am able to push past grief, worry, depression, anxiety, hopelessness, bitterness, loneliness, disappointment and all other things that would like to overwhelm me and keep me in the dark, I see the fingerprint of God and the brilliance of His extravagant and unordinary change in me.  Both now as I look back and then when I need to look back, all I can say is Wow, how He has colored me beautiful!

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