Living in Black and White

I stepped out on my porch and took a deep breath. The autumn air filled my lungs and brought a new sense of life to my being. I know there are many beautiful places in the world, but I love Pennsylvania in the Fall. A cloudless sky met me full of azure blue and to the northwest lay the beautiful Appalachian foothills sprinkled with oranges, reds, and yellows. A gentle breeze floated by. God is present.

I have often thought of it before, but a morning like this makes me ask the question again. What if God had created only in black and white? Think of all we'd miss. It's the little things of life that sometimes mean the most, but we completely ignore them. Sight in and of itself is a gift from God, but color is an added blessing.

I remember years ago the excitement in our home as my dad brought home our first color TV. After seeing things in black and white for so long, the color made everything come to life. It was then truly amazing. The color of God's creation is even more amazing, but we sometimes miss it.

We serve a great God who has blessed us in so many ways. Have you stopped lately to count your blessings? Probably most of us have food on the table, clothes to wear, and a roof over our head. But what about the color of Autumn leaves? Fresh Autumn air to breath? The presence of God? Don't forget the blessing of family and friends. Please don't take them for granted. They may not always be here. How about a certain measure of health? It could always be worse.

We need to enjoy all of God's blessings in color. Too many of us live in black and white. Realize that everything - -and I do mean everything you have comes from God. He alone deserves the thanks and the praise.So let's start the blessing of another day by glorifying God in color.

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matt6v33 6 years ago from Bangkok, Thailand

Good Morning Young Man,

Beauitful, just beauitful, for many of your thoughts, i find in my daily prayers, and too, i'm reminded by one of my favorite songs. "Count Your Blessings, Name them, One by one, Count Your many blessings, to see what God Hath Done"!


johnnynaakea 6 years ago

Great word. We lived in Massachusetts for four years and experienced the wonder of fall weather. In Hawaii we get color all year round, but fall foliage is something very special. Thanks for sharing. Yes, we need to thank God for the color in our lives.


johnnynaakea 6 years ago

Great word. We lived in Massachusetts for four years and experienced the wonder of fall weather. In Hawaii we get color all year round, but fall foliage is something very special. Thanks for sharing. Yes, we need to thank God for the color in our lives.


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samsons1 6 years ago from Tennessee

voted up & beautiful! Yes, pastor, the colors of fall are breathtaking to say the least and our sight is just a special blessing from our Creator...


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RevLady 6 years ago from Lantana, Florida

A beautiful meditation Lifegate that took me back to the days of my youth in Michgan when the fall colors of leaves thrilled my soul and the beauty of the winter snow sent spiritual chills through my spirit.

I rejoice in the glory of God and His creation. All glory to God!

Love, peace and joy in Him who said of His creation, "It is good."

Forever His,


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lifegate 6 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

Matt,

Thanks for your comment. I really liked the "young man" part. Seriously, if we were to count our blessings on a regular basis I believe it would change us from the inside out. I also like the song "Count Your Blessings"


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lifegate 6 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

Johnny,

I love the Fall in the New England states, too. God has spread His color everywhere. My daughter spent two years in Hawaii and she some beautiful pics. I never got the chance to go though I would have liked to.


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lifegate 6 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

Samsons,

Sight is a precious gift. My mother has been blind for several years. She misses her sight, but has adjusted well--just something else we can take for granted.


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lifegate 6 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

RevLady,

Thanks for the reminder. The winter snow always follows the fall foliage. That's what makes it so exciting. I like living in an area that has four distinct seasons.


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v_kahleranderson 6 years ago from San Jose, California

Good evening Lifegate,

First let me shout a loud HALLELUJAH!! This hub packs a lot of good feelings.

How beautiful when you said “A gentle breeze floated by. God is present.” I know exactly what you are saying, for I have felt those moments – and I just want to hold on to them forever.

You are right when you say that we often miss the colorful beauty in God’s creation. Before I came to know the Lord, my life WAS in black and white. But after coming to know my Lord, my life was suddenly brighter; even sound now has color. Imagine that?

Here's sending you blessings, in the name of our Savior, Jesus Christ,

VKA


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lifegate 6 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

v_kahleranderson,

Sound with color? That's even better. Thanks V.


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eilander1542011 6 years ago from Everywhere

Great hub lifegate. Upon the realization of God's existence everywhere, it became so much easier for me to live in harmony. Each time I see a hummingbird I thank God, each time I am awoken by the Sun I thank God, each night I walk under full moon I thank God. He is everything we know and everything we don't and to forget that is the greatest sin we can commit. God Bless us all, and may we live in Love and Peace and seek the Truth for all of our days.


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bayoulady 6 years ago from Northern Louisiana,USA

Thank God for a beautiful world!Louis Armstrong sings it best! (What a Beautiful World).Fall is my absolute favorite time of the year. The days are a kaleidoscope of crimsons,golds ,and browns with crunchy leaves to stroll on, and the night sky stars are clearer than ever.In Louisiana fall foliage is sometimes here and gone in only a few weeks.It is often late arriving and with first few frosts,whoosh...it's gone.


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lifegate 6 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

eilander,

It does become easier if we focus on the Creator rather than the creation. Thanks for stopping by.


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lifegate 6 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

bayoulady,

You know, even though I was focusing on the outward beauty of the day, night has special beauty all its own. Thanks for bringing that to my attention. I was sitting out under the stars last night and thinking "what a huge creation". But then again, "what a huge God". Thanks


al_masculine 6 years ago

beautiful! beautiful! beautiful! This hub reminds me of when I was 5 years old. I usually imagine God creating me parts by parts near the sun, the seas and the trees which made me black, while the whites were created near the mountains, under the clouds and place them in an icy case.

wonderful hub


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lifegate 6 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

Al,

Of course, we all come from the same clay!


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JeanieR 6 years ago from Sequoia National Forest, CA

Color, incredible color to make our hearts sing! If your leaves are turning it won't be long before you smell apple cider in the air depending on what part of PA you live in. That is one of my fondest memories of fall in the NE. Thank you for kindling the memory.


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lifegate 6 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

Jeanie,

The apple cider's coming--and so is the snow,all too soon.


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creativeone59 6 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

Thank you for an awesome and very thought provoking hub that teach us about only living in black and white. Godspeed. creativeone59


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lifegate 6 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

CO,

Isn't color wonderful?


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HIShubs 6 years ago from MManila, Philippines

Ministers like me ought to stop more often and think of what you said here---and realize how blessed we are. Thanks!


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lifegate 6 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

HIShubs,

We certainly are blessed.

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