What Color are YOU?

IMG_1332Today as I was driving I noticed that some of the trees are beginning to get their color, it is my favorite time of the year. When the colors are all ablaze looking out the seven windows that surround me in this room is a beautiful sight because I can see trees in every color, including green. During the summer they are all green which is beautiful also but you can’t tell one tree from another at a distance, they are so close together that they all look the same!

As the weather changes they begin to show what kind of tree they are, then I can see from my window, not just green but the reds, yellows, rich browns, paler yellows of the Horse Chestnut, Maple, Red Oak, Sycamore, Sweet Gum and Sour wood, all dressed in the majestic colors that signal they are about to take their winter nap. That makes me think of how fast this year has gone by! It seems we were just discussing New Year’s Resolutions and now there are only sixteen weeks left in this year. I will judge you by myself and say that I have not done all I wanted, or planned when this year started.

Let’s check ourselves: 2 Cor.13: 5-9 Test yourselves to make sure you are solid in the faith. Don’t drift along taking everything for granted. Give yourselves regular checkups. You need firsthand evidence, not mere hearsay that Jesus Christ is in you. Test it out. If you fail the test, do something about it. I hope the test won’t show that we have failed. We’re rooting for the truth to win out in you. We couldn’t possibly do otherwise. We don’t just put up with our limitations; we celebrate them, and then go on to celebrate every strength, every triumph of the truth in you.

What color are you when winter begins to set in?

Are you red, washed in the blood of Jesus? Are you yellow, running away from duties/commitments of a spouse, parent, Christian?

Are you green, the always dependable, flexible, stable Pine tree Christian that the storms of life blow upon without devastation?

My dad used to say he wanted to be like a Geranium because it can be on a palace terrace, or live in the gutter, it blooms just as beautifully where ever it is and there is nothing delicate about that.

I have faced some mighty strong winds in the past few years, especially this one, but I like to think that I am standing strong in the face of the wind, knowing that I am rooted deeply in the faith that my Redeemer lives, that all things work together for my good, and that if I am faithful to His Word and live to please Him, then it won’t be long before the spiritual person that is trapped within my flesh walls, will be released to go home, back to where I came from, to be re-united with friends and loved ones that have made the trip ahead of me.

Oh the maple, oak, sweet gum Christians may be beautiful, but the pine is still standing after all the glorious color of the other’s leaves have not only turned brown, but fallen to the ground leaving the bare limbs to face the wind.

No matter how old or young you are, examine yourself to see if there is something that needs correction or something you can do to be rooted more deeply. It seems like only a few months ago that I was a young mother taking my children to school, worrying about vaccinations, a burst appendix, and many broken hearts, and now I am grandmother to their children, was guardian and watched my parents go to heaven and, hopefully, extending the branches of my spiritual tree to cover those of you that need it, by way of this blog, or in prayer.

Give yourself a spiritual exam today and then tell me, “What color are you?”

4 Replies to “What Color are YOU?”

  1. Harolene, I’ve got to tell you I was somewhat disappointed to read that my favorite color, if chosen today would indicate something less than stellar. Yellow as the sunshine no matter the season is my favorite color but let me tell you of my New Year’s Day 2015;

    I was traveling that oh so familiar path to my parent’s little hometown of LaGrange, GA for a family funeral. My cousin, only 64 had passed away in her sleep unexpectedly. They chose New Year’s Day for the funeral so as is my custom, I love to stop at their tiny mall right off the interstate. In the Belk store I found it, my funeral shirt. Right there in the store I had a come to Jesus meeting for there was a shirt a wintergreen color with grey writing in a circle that read “LOVE YOUR LIFE” Now, remember what I’m in town for? Yes I understood the gravity of what God was saying to me and He’s so great about making sure I understand on that shirt, the decorations if I used my imagination, and you know I’ve got one, were my birthstones, emerald in color were those rhinestones.

    I’ve been to 2 more family funerals down there since New Year’s Day but all year, I’ve had occasions to tell my funeral shirt story and implore people to honor God’s command to love the life He died to give us. None of us know how long our dash will be, but I’m here to tell you that I’m committed to making mine count.

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    1. That was wonderful and a great way to celebrate a life‼️ Yellow does represent sunshine also so let’s make you Sunshine Yellow!! Works for me!!

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