“Owen is so good at recognizing shapes! He’s been noticing that car tires are circles, bricks are rectangles, bike tires are circles… He finds them all!” I gushed to his dad.
“Yeah, it’s kind of like colors – once you realize they exist, you see them everywhere,” he replied.
“I guess you’re right…” I said as I walked toward my car, feeling as if his words had incredible significance – but not being able to comprehend why. I then thought about Zoe, Owen’s two-year old sister, who is currently obsessed with the color purple. No matter what we’re doing, reading, or watching, she’ll excitedly shout, “Purple!” as soon as it appears. The fact that there are ducks, balloons, flowers or bears in a story is frivolous, purpleness trumps all. It seems Zoe has a sixth “purple sense” – it’s amazing! She can spot her favorite color anywhere and everywhere- way before I see it.
“Yeah, it’s kind of like colors – once you realize they exist, you see them everywhere…”
Those words continued to loiter on the front steps of my mind… vying for my attention, begging me to understand something deeper. Finally, 48 hours later, I think I get it…
It’s the Gospel::
The Holy Spirit awakens me to the true colors and shapes that exist to make up life: black hearts decaying from the disease of sin, red blood dripping from two rectangles nailed together creating white robes of righteousness ready to encircle humanity, and the love of God staring us square in the eye.
Once you realize Jesus lives, you can see Him everywhere…
Now coworkers, family, and friends aren’t simply figures floating along the hallways of your life, they are hand-crafted gifts that God has entrusted to you to love; your so-called weaknesses are actually power sockets that God wants to plug into so your life can shine brightly; and every aspect of the universe- shapes and colors- exist because your Heavenly Father spoke them into being.
May we never lose the excitement of seeing life through His eyes.