“Blue January” is what she called it, Ha! I was telling my cousin, how after the euphoria of my week in Germany over New Years, it feels as if I have post holiday blues.
The lights are down and out from Christmas.
The wallets are emptier
The homes are quieter (some may welcome this)
So, maybe, you might feel similar to me?
The festivity is over.
Your holiday may have ended.
2019, is going to be a good year! (Amen!)
But, one still needs to find motivation to get back into the swing of things.
Get back to work, after leave.
So if this January can be dubbed Blue January; it begs the question: what about the other colours? After all, the rainbow has a full spectrum of them!
Snow Patrol has the song called “Take back the city”
I like that! Likewise, “take back the colour”
I was sitting on a bus yesterday peering out the window. As the countryside passed by I noted how GREEN the grass was! (“The grass is greener on the other side” in this case…)
Celebrate that the landscape is often quenched!
Celebrate the countryside! These rolling hills remind you of Psalm 121:
“I lift up my eyes to the mountains — where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.”
I think of the ORANGE of the breast of a Robin.
“Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?” Matthew 6: 26
And God often splashes the evening sky with ORANGE as the sun sets…
What? Why would we celebrate the GREY?
Think about it? In contrast to the GREY other colours appear brighter!
Brilliant! If that’s not an inspiration itself; here is a scripture for you:
“He must increase, but I must decrease.” John 3:30
Or what about RED…
So many! Have you seen that RED glow at DUSK. Even becoming PURPLE.
We think of the RED of wine. (Just as it is, it’s perfect)
But oh the biblical text extends that further:
“Every time you drink of this wine, you remember Me.” You with me?
Or as Isaiah 1: 18 reminds us ““Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord: though your sins are like SCARLET, they shall be as WHITE as snow; though they are RED like crimson, they shall become like wool.”
Or how about the YELLOW of candle light? There is something about the light from a candle that fills a whole room. So you’re thinking of a scripture for this colour, need I remind you of two weeks back:
“Light of the World”
Or what about the various YELLOW flowers that one can see, if they look? (Perhaps, seasonal, but you know, they are coming…back!)
(I’m claiming back the blue. Because, oh, blue is just a wonderful colour!)
Because BLUE is not just for that (perhaps) morbid January feeling, but rather for the expanse of the expanse. The expanse of the sky.
Or my favourite kind of cold day, when the sky is so blue, the sun shines through, but the air is so cold! (Love it!)
And of course BLUE reminds me of this scripture:
“Your love, Lord, reaches to the heavens,
your faithfulness to the skies.
Your righteousness is like the highest mountains,
your justice like the great deep.” Psalm 36
So as good ol’ Frank sung “when you’re feeling blue…”
Remember to see the other colours too!
To close, one of my favourites quotes that have stayed with me for a number of years, by Rob Bell, is: “What you look for you, will find?”
Starting 2019, what are you looking for?
If you’re looking for doom and gloom, you can find it.
If you’re looking for joy and life, you can find it.
Where are you setting your sights?
Some of these images below may be a little cheesy. But hey, they’re still good quotes:
(Now, you see, if you visit the actual blog page, you will see different colours in the post. FB groups are limiting, that way.)