Colorful Despite the Clouds

In late September, there isn’t much light outside at 7 in the morning on a clear day… let alone a cloudy one. So on a dreary morning, you might imagine my surprise when I noticed a vibrant orange tree just a few blocks away from my house.

Cars still had their headlights on and the streetlights burned brightly as the shrouded sun was barely peeking out of the east… Yet there stood this tree, practically glowing by the side of the road, not even partially illuminated by the assistance of a street lamp. Still you could see that its color was magnificent.

Wow! I thought to myself. How amazing that the luminous fall colors of that tree are still noticeable and even radiant despite the darkness!

And then I considered how the same could be said of people too. Just like the brilliance of that tree, the gathering clouds and darkness of tragedy, illness, abuse, loss or depression that sometimes surround us do NOT diminish our colors. We may believe we’ve lost our luster when we’re hidden beneath the heavy grey fabric of our circumstance. We may feel drab and ineffectual. We may think we go unnoticed by most. We may even seem completely invisible. But do any of these conditions actually have the ability to change the design of who we really ARE?

Our unique and vivid colors exist whether we are able to see them or not.

If I say, Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me, even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you. ~ Psalm 139: 11-12 

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6 thoughts on “Colorful Despite the Clouds

  1. Darrick says:

    Well Joanna, I always enjoy your stuff – even if I don’t ever respond – and today was no exception.
    However, today was the first time I noticed your little quote, and it made Britty and me laugh. That’s pretty awesome. FYI – you don’t suck, so keep being yourself!
    Also, it was nice to see you at church yesterday. Hope you have a good Monday. (There is such a thing, right? Right?)

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  3. JT says:

    Thanks for the reminder Joanna, Dealing with stuff now and it’s always a welcome intercession to be reminded that the dark side is fleeting and has no real power!

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