Finding Vibrant Colors Again When Illness Turns It All Gray

Carlsbad Flower Fields

“The path of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn, shining ever brighter till the full light of day.” (Proverbs 4:18)

I love bright colors! My favorite shirt is tie-dye bright green and burgundy with purple and a blue twist. My favorite skirt is multicolored swirls.

My house is a colorful mixture Christmas colors and my favorite color is all of them! I love the green leaves and colorful flowers of the spring and the blue sky and oceans. I love the mixture of colors that the Lord has used to spice the earth we live on.

Sadly however, depression and pain can cause our colors to blend into gray. You may feel as though you are in a black funnel, falling deeper and deeper into darkness. Everything around you seems to be fogged.

Perhaps it may seem as though time “tic-s” away more slowly as pain and despair engulf your existence. Sometimes I can not focus my mind on anything other than the pain. When the hurting is so intense, the things I love like colors, seem to fade into the background.

There have even been times when I have passed through the gray to black as rejection and loneliness gripped my heart. As tears filled my eyes, I could not see the beauty around me for the gray in my life.

Have you ever felt this way? Have you ever wondered how to change that gray back to vibrant colors?

In Proverbs 4:18 we are told that the path of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn, shining ever brighter till the full light of day. When we have a relationship with God, we can have a clearer sense of the path we should take in our life. God provides the light to brighten our outlook.

With faith and trust in our Lord, the Bible says we can grasp on to hope and turn the grey areas in our lives back to vibrant colors. With me this involves focusing on the blessings in my life. I can seek the Lord’s will in my life with prayer and supplication, and know that He is just, to provide me with the light of His word to guide me. Even when I am faced with the darkest of days, I can seek-out a ray of light to brighten my heart just by going to the Lord in prayer.

I search for the goodness that is present, and I draw Hope from a loving God who created the colors for us to enjoy.

Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father; When the picture of our life is empty, remind us to take out the crayons of blessings from your box, and start to color our world again. Help us to see the picture as being much brighter. Amen.

About the author:
Debbi Farmer lives a “colorful” life with her family. She suffers from several illnesses including fibromyalgia. She wishes she could give you all a cheerful hug today and share with you a colorful flower of hope.

You can now read this on your Kindle. Find out more at http://TodaysDevotionOnKindle.com

How do colors influence how you feel? How can you incorporate more colors into your life that make you feel energetic or peaceful? You can see Lisa’s favorite colors and more on color psychology at her Pinterest.com colors board

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One thought on “Finding Vibrant Colors Again When Illness Turns It All Gray

  1. Debbi – I love the words you have painted today for us to read in your devotional. Thank you.

    It is true that when our challenges become heavy, our eyes become heavy too. We can turn inward and let that be our view. I esp. liked your phrase, “take out the crayons of blessings from your box”. It reminded me that many of us as children could sit and color or draw all day and be content in the doing of it. It takes an intentionality to get out the “crayon box” – or whatever represents it when we are seeing too much gray.

    The colors of music are a means I use to brighten up the gray. Looking around my home at the remembrances of times when life was brighter is a means to giving thanks for past victories and a reminder that a “tougher time” will also pass and the bright colors return.

    Yes to today and the colors that can be sought as they are all around. Amen.

    Bless you!
    Lynn

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