New International Version
3 “And the one who sat there had the appearance of jasper and ruby. A rainbow that shone like an emerald encircled the throne.”
I sit in my faded autumn plaid flannel bathrobe feeling alarm clock coffee chugging through my veins and think about God and the colorful world He created The colors of our lives that we often don’t see in our colorblindness.
Autumn leaves whirl in orange, yellow, and red wind dances outside my window, proclaiming their message of a well-earned winter’s rest. In winter, sparkling snow glistens on bare black tree branches, uniting with them to create a vision of spring and renewed life and hope. In spring, I sit on the patio in my tie dye shirt, drinking my morning coffee, admiring the newly greening sunflowers, morning glory awakenings, and rose bud promises. Summer is the season of color rioting inside and outside of my garden and yard and I wear rainbow gardening gloves to encourage them.
Louis Armstrong added music to colors first mentioned in the Bible when he wrote his song, “What a Wonderful World!”
I see trees of green
Red roses too
I see them bloom
For me and you
And I think to myself
What a wonderful world
I see skies of blue
And clouds of white
The bright blessed day
The dark sacred night
And I think to myself
What a wonderful world…
The colors of the rainbow
So pretty in the sky
Are also on the faces
Of people going by…
Louis Armstrong, “What a Wonderful World”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VqhCQZaH4Vs
It’s easy for us to be blind to the colors of the faces of the people going by, because we are so immersed in our own life colors. The colors of life often change and clash. In my life, events sometimes dye my perceptions of days, weeks, even months in somber shades of gray or battering through it beige. Other times, my life happenings are outlined in energetic and eventful orange and red. Some Bible scholars believe that blue and red signify the divine and human lives of Jesus and Mary. Some even believe that God’s favorite color is blue because He made the sky blue and that Jesus has a favorite color and it is blue. In my secret heart, I smile at the thought of blue being the favorite color of Jesus. Since my favorite color is blue, it gives me a sapphire glow when my life is gun medal gray with stress and pain.
The step up from color appreciation is acquaintance with the creator of the color. Since God created us in His own image, what does that image look like? What color is God’s skin? Many years ago buried in the purpleness of the past, I sang in a group originating in Pennsylvania called “Up Up with People,” before they became nationally famous. One of their favorite songs was this one, “What Color Is God’s Skin?”
The only word of lyrics I would change is instead of singing “every man’s the same in the good Lord’s sight, I would sing “everyone’s the same in the good Lord’s sight.”
Like Joseph, we wear coats of many colors. Like Jesus, our lives are often dyed purple and red as we bear our own crosses. If the blue sky signifies God and Jesus’s favorite color is blue, it is a very ironic twist of faith that we sometimes think of despair as blue.
Louis Armstrong is master of the color grid when he sings about the colors of the rainbow. God is saying to all of us, “I Love You” when He shows us His “colors of the rainbow”skin. His love changes our blue despair into sapphire hope, because sapphires can be other colors including red and emerald green.
“A rainbow that shone like an emerald encircled the throne.”
What color is god’s skin? Rainbow shades of love and hope. We need to remember He created us in His image.