Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Thankful for Green

I saw these lily pads yesterday on a hike in the Northwest Province.  I stopped in my tracks, captivated by their colour and the sun highlighting them.  I asked Dan to take a photo.

These lily pads are so vividly green that I find myself wanting to praise God for green.  I feel silly and childish, and yet I think, "Why not praise God for a colour?  Does He not delight to hear our praise of thansksgiving for the simplest of things? Does it not please Him?"

At the same time I realise how little my heart is filled with gratitude.  More often it is filled with the heaviness of complaints, burdens, worries and criticism.  How did this happen?  When did I become so weighed down with the cares of this world?

I want to change.  I don't want to just be thankful for the colour green, but for the whole rainbow of colours.  I want to find vivid hues of beauty in every day, sing a song of thanksgiving rather than complaining, and let that praise refocus my eyes on the One Who Provides All Things... including the colour green.


Barbara said...

I love this! It reminded me of the Rich Mullins song called (naturally) "The Color Green." The chorus has these lines: "Look down upon this winter wheat and be glad that you have made / Blue for the sky and the color green that fills these fields with praise." If green can fill fields with praise, I think it's certainly not silly to be thankful for it. :)

Annie said...

Funny, I had that song running through my head as I wrote that post (great minds think alike!)... I think that album was one of my all-time favourites.

Maybe we should write one for every colour. :-)