“They made pomegranates of blue, purple, and scarlet yarn, and attached them to the hem of the robe.”
Gardens are all about colour.
From the moment the first tender green sprout appears to the moment frost kills the last sprig, colour reigns supreme.
Yellow daffodils. Red roses. Pink petunias. Purple and blue delphiniums, white daturas, orange nasturtiums.
And green. Every shade and variation of green your mind could ever dream up.
All summer, each kind of plant struts its stuff, parading a non-stop rainbow of glory. A good gardener will curate her collection, selecting a wide variety of plants which will bloom at different times, ensuring a constant balance of colour for early spring through the lazy days of summer.
And then autumn comes.
Ah, friend. If you haven’t gone for a stroll in an autumn garden, you are missing out.
There’s something about the brilliance of a fall colour scheme that strikes awe into the heart like very little else. And it says something.
It says the God who invented gardens invented them for the love of colour!
And we, who are created in the very image of God, have an innate appreciation for colour, art, design, and beauty.
This description of a priestly robe from way back in history is a gem of a verse. It speaks to the creativity of the clothing designer from thousands of years ago, who added textural details to the hems of the robes, and included a splash of bright colour.
Every culture has its own designs, it’s own unique way of expressing this human delight in colour, pattern, texture.
And it all came from the mind and heart of a creative and artistic God.
So open your eyes! Exult in the beauty you find around you. Observe the ways in which others around you express their individuality and personality in their clothing and design choices.
And remember that the world around us reveals the personality of a God who paints and sculpts and crafts all sorts of amazing creations – including you.
What a delight, to know and spend time with a God who invented colours.
What a gift, to see and experience the world around us in full colour.
Stop and see the roses – and other beautiful and colourful things – with me?
Father, the colours of autumn are truly magnificent. Thank You for the ways in which Your use of colours and our own capacity to appreciate and enjoy colour links our hearts together. Teach us to stop and truly delight in the beautiful things around us. Amen.