Thoughts About Color...

I remember being in a young grade learning about how plants absorb and reflect light. I remember how my brain went running when my teacher explained that the "color" of a plant is only the light I see being reflected by that plant. This blew my mind. I thought that a flower's color would be the color it absorbed. For instance, I thought if the flower absorbed the red light then the flower would be red because it took in the red. Instead it is the exact opposite. Everything absorbs all the colors of light. Everything. But all things reflect the light differently and what they reflect is the color we see, making the various colored things we have around us. Those things that absorb and reflect the most light are white colored, while those that absorb the most light without reflecting anything back are black.

Romans 1:20-21 says:

For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see His invisible qualities—His eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God. For although they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks to Him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened.

We are being drenched/enveloped/inundated/covered/surrounded by God's invisible attributes. Creation is shouting/reflecting who He is! Then there is us...we either stand alongside the rest of creation shouting and reflecting back all that He is or we close our eyes and reflect nothing, honoring no one and living in the dark.

Look outside today. See the sun, the wind in the trees, the glistening ice, the blue of the ocean, and the towering mountains. Hear the roar of thunder, the crash of the waves, the birds in the day and the insects at night. When you see these things, you are seeing His eternal power and His divine nature. Stand and absorb. Then go and reflect.


Posted on February 4, 2011 and filed under Anything and Everything.