But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. If they were all one part, where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts, but one body. 1 Corinthians 12:18-20, NIV
Fall colors display God's creativity
While walking the dogs the other day I enjoyed the full sense of Fall. I saw the glorious colors displaying God's color palette. Saying he is so creative is an understatement! The warmth of the sun increased the enjoyment of the colors—especially since I live in Redmond, WA. The autumn glow of the sunglight highlighed the variety. The deep reds, the vibrant oranges, the lively yellows, the array of greens, and the earthy browns formed a collage of colors showing God's bountiful variety. Together they demonstrated the beauty of fall.
I was really enjoying the sunshine, the exercise in the crisp air, the feast of colors and time to think and pray.
As I enjoyed God's amazing display, a reframe of 1 Corinthians 12 popped into my head.
What if the red said to the yellow, "I don't need you"...what if the yellow said to the brown, "There is no place for you"...what if the brown said to the green, "You're not necessary"?
That started me thinking. God made colors for a reason! God's palette of colors makes the change in seasons spectacular. The colors together make autumn beautiful. This picture could be applied to people too. Am I as excited about the variety of personalities and preferences of the people around me—as excited as I am about God's variety in nature? In fact, often when dealing with people I get impatient and think, "why can't the just be normal (like me!). It would make life so much easier." The differences cause friction and often leave me annoyed.
Yet the colors of fall needing each other to create God's showy display is just like the body of Christ. God made us different for a reason! Together we show off God's creativity. The unity of our talents, gifts, personalities, and, yes...even colors, displays God's glory. We need each other with all our variety. What if we looked at the differences in our personalities like we look the fall colors? Wouldn't we just appreciate God and each other more?
As a StrengthsFinder and MBTI coach I work with lots of people. God made each of us different! No duplicates at all. We each are a unique part of his overall masterpiece. Our differences aren't the problem...they're part of his amazing creativity. Together we're as beautiful as the colors of fall.
Let's enjoy the wide variety of God's creation—both in nature and in people!