Why Are There Still Colors in the World?

September 21, 2016

I don’t understand. Why are there still colors in the world? The sun still shines, but how? For last night my friend’s daughter died.

I wrote her daughter a letter yesterday, but never got to give it to her. Because she died.

The fridge today is almost empty, and I go to the store. Heaviness walks beside me as I fill my cart with food. On the way home I turn on the CD player, half wondering if music will still play. It does, but I don’t understand. How can music still play? At home, I wash off my purchases, planning our dinner. Dinner for us … but no dinner for her. For last night she died.

My friend Ted once said that God is good and life is awful. At times like now, awfulness becomes vivid. Foreground vivid. Could it be that color and sun and music and all the loveliness we take for granted are only shadows of real color and real music yet to come?

Right now, today, everything I see and hear and touch seems so temporary. Real … but not really real. Death has intruded. It reminds me that this world, solid as it seems, has little substance and no permanence.

Why are there still colors in the world? I think to stir in us a hunger for real color that won’t disappear. Heaven’s color. But today, right now, earth’s color shows itself for what it is – temporary, faded, shadowy color.

Amidst this heaviness, my hunger for the not-yet becomes vivid. Come Lord Jesus into each of our hearts. We need your loveliness. Come close today with the comfort of your presence. Remind us who mourn that you, though not now visible, are still very near.

Why Are There Still Colors in the World?
© Lynne Fox, 2016



4 thoughts on “Why Are There Still Colors in the World?

  • September 23, 2016 at 4:31 pm

    The grief you feel is understandable. Our Lord allows us to pine away for those we miss. The door way we cross into His presence can be completely crushing, crossed in our sleep, or very painful. But, when we reach the other side, God’s love and the presence of Jesus is overwhelmingly calm, warm, penetrating our beings with light and we are welcomed into heaven where one day He promises we will see our family and friends again. When you are in heaven all of earth’s grey will fade away. May His love permeate you mind, heart and soul.

  • September 23, 2016 at 9:59 am

    Amen. Come Lord Jesus with your comforting presence.

    Although we have not experienced the profound loss that our dear friend suffers, we still share in her pain.
    Guess that too is part of our union in Christ.
    I’m at a loss for words . . . just sitting with pain, grief and presence . . . praying, waiting and hoping in resurrection

  • September 23, 2016 at 8:45 am

    Thank you for these beautiful words of grief. You help me grieve for those I have seen depart lately.
    Lord Jesus, hold our hurting hearts and remind us that You hold all life in Your hands. So we cry out to you, the Giver of life. Thank You for Your grace and hope. Comfort us and give us courage and strength to persevere in the hope of salvation with You. And help us keep sharing this gift with others, to work in Your kingdom and be shaped to be more like You in the process, relying on You for all earthly needs as well. Let our lives be found in Yours.

  • September 23, 2016 at 7:54 am

    Beautifully and heartbreakingly said. Come Lord Jesus indeed.


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