I love to paint and I love to take photographs. I love capturing a lot of different colors, especially bright colors and colors that are not seen so often. I remember when I was in Australia there were many times when I tried to capture the sky at a particular time in the afternoon. My camera could not quite capture what my eyes could see. Again and again I failed with my attempts. I am always amazed at God’s paintbrush. I often say, “Wow, You really outdid Yourself today.” He is awesome.
Matthew tells us to be the light of the world. The Message says, “You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world.” God colors. Wow. God has some amazing colors. Just think about all those awesome brilliant skylines I saw in Australia. I couldn’t capture them with my digital camera. And we are to be God colors in the world? Wow.
Each one of us is a different bright color of God that can shine for others. We are the salt of the earth. More and more we see the darkness of the world. We see a lot of things God never intended for His Creation. Too much darkness. Too much gloom. But God uses His God colors to shine through the world, to shine a bright light, for His glory. May you be a God color today and always. Never hide the Light. God is not a secret to be kept. Shine on.
“Here’s another way to put it: You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept.”
-Matthew 5:14 [MSG]
On September 13, Australia had celebrated a day that is known as R U Ok?Day. RU Ok?Day is actually a national day there, and it’s held the second Thursday of September. This day is focused on building awareness of people– asking people if they are okay and being genuinely supportive. Too often we overlook our fellow man and neglect to see the struggles they are going through in life. Sadly, some people are hurting so badly and would feel so much better if someone would ask the simple question, are you okay? My family has personally been affected by depression and suicide. It is the sad, but all to real truth.
I remember so many times in life when I was going through a tough period and did not feel like I could talk to anyone. There is the fear of judgment, the fear of rejection, the feeling of hopelessness and lack of support, and a sad road to depression. Sometimes a person simply needs to have support– but it seems like support is hard to come by and then there is the feeling of being alone in the world. I know; I have been there. People need people. God made us to need community.
As Christians, we are never alone. God is always with us. We have the promise of the Holy Spirit so no matter if we are in our car driving along the highway, in the middle of a park, or at home all alone, we are never truly alone. Even so, there are times when it seems as if the world is crushing down upon us and we do not feel like we can handle it. It is at these moments, we really need a hand to reach out to us. The Bible says we are to be there to support others. We are to help the poor, to encourage our fellow Christians, to teach, to share, etc.
Today might be a good day for you and you may be feeling just fine. At the same time, the person next to you might not be doing so well. R U Ok?Day was created to encourage people to ask other people if they are okay. Perhaps you are not from Australia or it is not even the 13th of September where you are located. Even so, when you come upon the next person wherever you may be, ask them if they are okay. Not simply to ask and pass by quickly. Invite them to answer. Be the support that you wish to have on your worst day. That person may need it more than you will ever know.
“Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering for He who promised is faithful; and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the day drawing near.” – Hebrews 10:23-25 [NASB]
This past month has been an ordeal for me. It seems that everything that could go wrong, goes wrong, right down to every little detail. In life, those who are most threatening are the ones who the enemy tries to bring down. The devil doesn’t want people speaking up and spreading the Truth. Before I left Australia, my friend and dear sister in Christ and I went to Mrs Macquarie’s Chair, and we filmed my testimony. After all of the behind-the-scenes work, it is finished and ready to air on television. People have watched my testimony and it caused them to take a step toward God. The devil doesn’t like that one bit.
As a single mother, it gets tiring doing nearly everything without the help of another person. I’ll tell you right now, moving is draining– moving with no one to help is even worse. I lost my modem and it took days to find it, making schooling difficult. Forms were misplaced, causing things to get messed up. Then I went to connect my printer and the computer said the driver was missing. After five failed attempts to install the driver, the printer would not work. One obstacle after another occurred this week. I could barely take it anymore. I found myself yesterday morning, on my knees crying, asking why nothing was going right with the move. Why was I being pushed to the limit with my patience? It was as if something or someone was working against me, just hoping that I would fall.
But I wasn’t giving in. I gave the devil a piece of my mind and said that My God was bigger and I wasn’t going to back down. He could toss whatever he wanted my way, but I knew I was safe. See, as a child of God, we have the Good Shepherd watching over us. He tells us that no one can snatch His sheep from His hand. If we trust Him, if we tell the devil that he has no chance again our God– our awesome God– we will be right. No one can snatch you from His hand. Today, if someone or something is threatening you, or if you feel nothing is going right, declare that your God is bigger than the problem or situation. The Good Shepherd has you safe in His hand.
“My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me; and I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand.”
– John 10:227-28 [NASB]