The word beauty is the prompt. I’m writing a story along with my Five-Minute Friday friends today. You can check out stories by people all over the world here.
I often complain about late winter/early spring being brown and drab. I’m kind of an all or nothing girl. I like the mounds of beautiful white snow, full-blown spring flowers, summer’s sparkling waters, or fall’s bright colors. I dislike the in-between, 40’s weather we get in Michigan. There’s dirty piles of snow in parking lots, mud wherever you look, and dormant gray trees still sleeping. Rotting leaves lay along the fence-row, grass is brownish-green, and the sun rarely shines.
A couple weeks ago on a walk, I tried the prayer game of colors. Yes, a prayer game! You know, the one where you ask God to remind you of something every time you see a certain color. I like to imagine at times, that God enjoys playing a little game with me. I don’t think he’s a boring Father who sits on his throne frowning all day. I believe He must have a sense of humor.
I asked the Lord to remind me thank him for his presence and healing for a good friend every time I saw yellow. I thought there probably wouldn’t be much yellow in the middle of winter, but immediately He proved me wrong. It was on street signs, lines on the road, yellow houses, jungle gyms in yards, recycling bags, a garage wall, bushes, gas line poles, children’s bouncy balls left outside, surveying flags, a flasher on top of a car, fire hydrants. The color yellow popped out everywhere! Each time, I said, “Thank you Lord for your presence and healing.” Most of these were man-made objects but it was so interesting that God kept showing me the color yellow!
It was so encouraging, as if Jesus spoke straight to my heart saying, “Hey Myrna! Look! Here’s yellow!” He loves me and made His presence known. It’s harder to see beauty in His world during a Michigan winter, but it’s all about opening your heart and mind to the beauty instead of concentrating on the gray skies.
The psalmist David says in Psalm 27:4-” One thing I ask of the LORD, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple.”