The other morning before I had even finished my first cup of coffee, (very important for functioning), I pulled up my email and my eye caught this subject line from Pinterest: “Christy! We have Jesus Christ and Neutral Paint for you!!” I had to look at it a couple of times trying to decide if this was irreverent or just plain funny. I’ll choose funny seeing that Jesus gave us a sense of humor in the first place. Right?
When I first discovered Pinterest, I knew I had found a brilliant medium for encapsulating creative expression. Finally, a cure for my excessive magazine purchasing in grocery store checkout lines! Pinterest is loaded up with clever quotes, tips and photos on faith, home décor, gardening, writing, organization, simplifying, fitness, travel, recipes and just about anything I find interesting.
For someone who loves to devour both Christian inspirational books and Decorating magazines, this is an online paradise! Two seemingly opposite ends of the spectrum. One being deep, the other…well, let’s just say, not as deep, but certainly part of how God loves to bless us. Design has become one of my many joys over the years. It’s a fun hobby to make rooms pretty and cozy. If people are cozy, they are more relaxed and then we have done our part to help lower blood pressure. You see? It’s fun and serves a medical purpose at the same time! (At least that’s what I tell my husband.)
Any of you Pinterest enthusiasts know this online venue could monopolize your every minute if you’d allow it. In order to keep this “guilty pleasure” in my life, I decided to save my pinning time as a reward for accomplishing goals or tasks. I had to “pin” the old fashioned/Girl Scout badge way; I had to earn my freedom to Pin.
So looking at the mighty name of Jesus right next to something as mundane sounding as “neutral paint” I immediately thought, “How totally opposite can you get?” Jesus is anything but beige, gray or griege. It’s safe to say that you cannot assign a single paint color to Jesus because He is the whole brilliant spectrum to an extent that we cannot even fathom!
(However, if I could, I would give Him a watery blue color because of the sky and ocean which He created and I think of as a divine color anyway.)
While Jesus walked the earth, we know he most likely wore neutral, even drab clothing, because he came as a servant. Many at the time expected their Messiah to arrive with a royal, kingly outward appearance in colorful garments. However, it was what was in his heart, what he did, what he had to say (The Good News) that was so poignantly colorful! Ironically, most of the world couldn’t see that the “royalty” was what was inside, not the outside. (Sounds like the world today.)
What these two subjects do have in common is that neutral paint colors are meant to be soothing. By truly knowing Jesus we are soothed because we have hope. Hope of eternal life and a peace that surpasses all understanding.
This week think of Jesus as your primer and base coat. Think of the gifts and talents He has provided you with as pops of color. There are endless palettes to choose from so tune into Him to find them. We were made in God’s image to brighten up the world by living and sharing His message of good news.
“Let God speak into your life. Let his father heart come and say, ‘This is what I have for you.’ And I think that’s the key, not believing the lies, fixing your eyes on Jesus and walking in the truth” Joanna Gaines, Interior Designer & Star of HGTV’s “Fixer Upper”
“The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7
“He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.” Ecclesiastes 3:11
“And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became white as light.” Matthew 17:2 (Note: Yes, white is a neutral color…but not this white!)