During Israel’s formation as a nation, the people gathered at Mount Sinai to
receive the Law of Moses, which included instructions how to set up their first
tabernacle. Craftsmen were working on beautiful garments of blue, purple, and
scarlet cloth, interwoven with gold; these garments meant for the priesthood
were touching on the entire color spectrum visible to the human eye: from
purple (violet), blue, gold, all the way to red. Apparently, priesthood wore a
coat of many colors!
We associate the color “red” most often with love; and red has the farthest
reaching wavelength still visible to the human eye, about 650 nm. Incidentally,
love always reaches out, so the color “red” suits the love-theme very well.
Radio waves are about 100 meters in length, extremely long, and completely
invisible to the human eye; radio waves are able to reach around the world and
far into space. So is God’s love – invisible but far-reaching. His innate being
reaches out, day and night. His love is an ongoing flow overcoming short and
long distances. God will always find a way to reach out to His creation. That’s
just who He is.
Blue has the shortest wavelength visible to the human eye: The visible blue
light has a wavelength of about 475 nm. Because the blue wavelengths are
shorter in the visible spectrum, they are scattered more efficiently by the
molecules in the atmosphere. This causes the sky to appear blue during the main
part of the day, no matter which direction we look. Similarly, God is both near
and everywhere; He is scattered throughout the entire universe – so much so
that we have the opportunity to meet Him anywhere we go.
We have a God of many colors! God’s spectrum of His being is wide, from red, to blue, to invisible. He is able to tune into any wavelength and get in touch with all of His creation. That is why He understands our hearts so well. Even when we feel a million miles away from Heaven, God is still near. We might not feel Him, but He is closer to us than our best friend.
The law is like a checkerboard. The law is painted black and white. Applying the law to life is what law experts do when they meet in court. The challenge lies in the nature of the beast – people are not black and white. They are not one way or the other.
Guess what: The Lord is no checkerboard. He could be seen as a law expert since He came out with the Ten Commandments. However, I don’t think we do Him justice to confine Him to being our Judge. If we do, our view of God is black and white.
David’s sigh of relief as he breathed his prayer is like a splash of color:
“The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul.”
Here is a challenge for you: Get to know the colors of the Lord. David could tell you all about it. He is no model citizen. If you look into his life story you’ll find he did many great and noble things, but he also committed murder in cold blood to protect his interests. Even in a situation like that when David got caught red-handed in a murder case, he relied on God’s judgment rather than on people’s judgment. People have a tendency to condemn. God doesn’t. God is a God of color and He understands the subtleties of a human being. God is our judge without being judgmental.
The best way to describe the effect God has on my life is like a fog lifting from the valley. When I became aware of God the fog slowly lifted. The first things I detected about God were His outlines, His do’s and don’ts. But as any friendship, my relationship to God has matured over the years. I see more than just His outlines when I look at Him now, and I study Him like a painting to see His nuances and subtleties. Life with Him is no walk in the park, but it’s definitely rich. The richness of colors, shades and hues is overwhelmingly beautiful. In His presence we don’t lack a thing.
Sticking to a world of black and white because it feels more secure, we’re definitely missing out. Walking with God, we experience a rainbow.