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What Color is God??

    I am very interested in colors, and have read with interest about how colors are made. The source of every color in the universe, comes from light. Light, in its truest essence, is described as pure white light, and from this pure white light, all other shades form. If I held a clear crystal prism up into the sunlight, I would see shades of every glorious hue dancing and shimmering, and as I turned the prism slightly, beautiful new shades would appear, and these would continually change as the light refracted into some of its multitudes of parts. So every color is contained and held within this majestic pure white light.

    The psychology behind colors is also a subject I find absolutely fascinating. Colors are deliberately chosen to help people feel more relaxed, or hungry, or excited, and color experts work fulltime, in advising clients about which colors to use to sell a product. For example, red is often featured in restaurants, because red is believed to stimulate a person's appetite. It's true! MacDonalds, K.F.C. and many other restaurants include red in their official logo, and often the decor inside will also include red touches. None of this is by accident! Most doctors and dentists room will include pale blues or greens, which actually help to calm us. Interesting, isn't it?

    Color is also spoken about in the Bible. In the picture language of Scripture color is used not to advertise or sell product, nor to attract attention, but it is used to describe character. In understanding this, it is interesting to observe the color language used to describe God. Our God is always referred to as being pure white. Just a few examples are:

    In the Old Testament there are many references to God as being pure white. The prophet Daniel describes God the Father as he saw him in a vision this way, � The Ancient of Days took his seat. His clothing was as white as snow, the hair of his head was white like wool�� (Daniel 7:9).

    The same was true of Jesus, God�s Son. In Matthew 9 three disciples witnessed Jesus� transfiguration, and they recounted later �His clothes became dazzling white, whiter than anyone in the world could bleach them�.

    When the Holy Spirit descended upon Jesus after his baptism, the witnesses explained it as if they had seen a white dove. That is why the symbol for the Holy Spirit ever since that time has been a pure white dove.

    St John, describing his heavenly visions recorded in Revelation, at the very end of the Biblical account, continually reiterated this. One case is seen in Rev. 1:14 where John says that he could see God, sitting on a throne, and �His head and hair were white like wool, as white as snow��

    That began me thinking about the color white, and why the complete Trinity - Father, Son and Holy Spirit would be described as white. Traditionally white represents purity, goodness, and innocence. God is total goodness, and complete innocence. Consequently God can never have a negative thought towards us.

    Hospital staff for centuries wore white to imply cleanliness and complete sanitation. God is totally pure, and this is why our Creator is also healing. He helps to heal our wounds by taking away our soul infections (and sometimes our physical ones too!). Our natural body�s instinct is to fight infection, not succumb to it. Watch a cut on your arm. If you keep it clean and dry, it will soon begin to heal, and new skin will replace the torn area. Our skin replaces itself over and over, to keep infections out. God is like that. He renews and replaces our useless dreams and plans, and inspires us with fresh new ideas and loves and desires which will bring us life. He never wants us to shrivel up and die. He wants to empower us to live healthier lives in every way we can imagine.

    White conveys meaning in a design, often softening an appearance in clothing combinations. It combines well with every other color, never detracting from any shade. Our Lord is like that too. This One who loves us unconditionally, gives our lives meaning and depth, adding a whole new dimension to living. Even during the leanest times of our lives physically, or working at a dull and boring job, we can, through Christ, be living at peace, harmony and with a great sense of knowing we are doing what is pleasing to our Maker. What meaning that gives to every task and every situation!!!

    In watching out for signposts or slogans it is always extremely easy to read those that have a white background, with colored lettering or designs. So it is with our God. With the pure white of our Lord as the backdrop upon which we paint our lives, everything we are and do comes into sharp focus, and our personalities come �alive�. They are not confusing nor misleading. They stand out clearly from the crowd. Let us support and enable each other to stand up and be counted, and to be seen in our world so that we can display the beauty and goodness of God to all who pass our way.

    An artist I know well commented recently that pure white light is a combination of every color of the spectrum, reflected. It reflects all light, and consequently is worn a great deal during hot weather. If we apply that to our Maker, we can understand that all God can do is reflect. Reflecting means really �to give back�. A mirror is a reflector. What a beautiful picture of God? He gives back, and gives and gives again. No one can ever out-give God. God is the Giver of all good gifts, because God can never take. If all God does is reflect, as does pure white light, then taking is impossible for our Eternal Source. As white reflects every color in the spectrum, so God reflects back to us an incredible variety of all the beautiful gifts and qualities which only God may detect within us. How encouraging!!

    God�s total acceptance of us enables him to give back goodness, purity, innocence, gentleness, kindness, because that is all God is. The fruit, which we will show, as we become more and more like God, are those qualities of the Holy Spirit � love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. All of these are giving qualities. They are at all times positive, helpful, and encourage the best in all of us. Let us pursue God�s character with all our hearts, and aim today, and everyday, to give something of the pure white radiance of our God - Father, Son and Holy Spirit - into the world in which we find ourselves.

    � 2004 Christine M. Jones
    Christine Jones is married to David. She has two adult children and precious grandchildren. She has worked for many years as a school teacher/librarian, and written children's material for several years in her 'spare time'. She loves nature, music and the theatre.

    John Mark Ministries
    djandcj@optusnet.com.au