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Painting Over Yellow - How Fear Affects Our Life

Updated on August 16, 2012

A few years ago I made a very poor paint choice. I painted the walls of our rec room an angry yellow. It was supposed to be gold, but it looked exactly like mustard. I had vague plans to paint over it, but then I found out it is difficult to paint over yellow and I was stopped dead in my tracks. Choosing to paint is always difficult for me and knowing it will be hard makes it even more difficult to begin.

I was in a paint store the day I found out my yellow wall was more than just a decorating mistake, that it was in fact, an ordeal to overcome.

I was at the paint store getting advice for my upstairs rooms because clearly I cannot be trusted with paint choices.

As my friend and I gathered supplies we were chatting and I said, "I really need to paint over that yellow wall downstairs." The reaction to this comment was eerie. The whole store stopped. I had been speaking to my friend, but a saleslady responded with what sounded like panic in her voice, "Yellow?" She proceeded to inform me that yellow has a stubborn way of shining through. It will affect other colours and change their appearance. The yellow might be hidden beneath a new colour but it is still influencing and changing the colour on top.


Yellow bellied.

Are you yellow?

Taunts of cowardice. Fearfulness.

My yellow wall became a giant object lesson with a spiritual application. I struggle with fear. I am a follower of Christ. I read the Bible and I know the promises He gives and still my life, my words, my actions are tinted by the underlying yellow in my heart. There is fear tainting my life as a follower of Christ.

So how do I get rid of this yellow?

The lady at the paint store said I will need a very good primer. What primer can rid me of my fear?

I know the answer.

For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline. 2 Timothy 1:7

God Himself gives me the power to overcome fear. It is a change that comes as I continually turn to Him in my fear and He Himself changes the fear to love.

The primer I need is the power of the Holy Spirit and a continual steady love. When my stomach knots in fear because I think I cannot be the parent, the wife, the friend, the daughter or the sister I ought to be, I ought not to be paralyzed by fear. It does not need to tint my actions and my thoughts yellow. When fear wants to shine through, I need to do battle by turning to the One who loves me. The Lord Jesus died and rose to save me. He offers me life "to the full" (John 10: 10), not a fear-full life. He has demonstrated His love for me in countless ways, I cannot help but love Him. When I rest in the knowledge of His love and total provision the fear cannot exist, it cannot taint my thoughts, my words or my actions. All that is left is a child loving and trusting her Father and her Father loving and providing her with a 'Spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.'

"There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears in not made perfect in love." I John 4:18


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      4 years ago

      I'm sorry that you were disappointed Grace. This article was posted in the 'Religion and Philosophy' section of Hub Pages. For me it was an object lesson of real life experiences. If you need to paint over yellow, I found out you need a good primer. Be sure to go to a paint store for some good advice.

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      4 years ago

      God really has absolutely nothing to do with your paint. I am seriously dismayed that I thought I would be getting some significant information regarding a yellow "hue" not a complete and un-necessary church sermon. Religion should be a personal thing - not something that is thrown in everyone's faces whether we want to read it or not. More people that profess to be "God fearing Christians" turn out to be angry, hypocritical, judgmental beings. Where was "God" when you chose this angry yellow? How absurd.

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      6 years ago

      Thanks MsDora. I'm glad you enjoyed the devotional.

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      Dora Weithers 

      6 years ago from The Caribbean

      Beautiful and Relevant! A very good start to my day. Thanks for sharing. Voted useful and linking to my devotional "The Sheep on The Shoulder."

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      6 years ago

      Thanks for the comments. I love finding object lessons in every day circumstances. Isn't it great that God wants us to learn and grow? Even a bright yellow wall can turn us into His Word and remind us that fear has no place in our lives and can be conquered with His strength.

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      Civil War Bob 

      6 years ago from Glenside, Pennsylvania

      Good hub, Bev, voted up and interesting. Maybe when you're yellow in your weakness, His perfect strength is the sugar with which to make lemonade in your life? Grace and peace. Oh, I got here hopping, btw.

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      6 years ago from the short journey

      Thank you for this good reminder!

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      6 years ago from Chapel Hill, NC

      I personally LOVE the color yellow on walls (although it does have to be the right shade for the right room - a paler yellow in a bigger room, with darker furniture would have probably been a safer bet...) but I love that you were able to turn this into a devotional moment!! You're so right about conquering our fear!

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      6 years ago from The East Coast

      Holy cow! I didn't know that yellow was such a bad color choice for interiors. Thanks for letting us know. And you are very right about conquering fear.

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      6 years ago

      What an extraordinary object lesson! I love it when God uses everyday circumstances to drive home important concepts. Thanks for sharing this one with us! God bless.


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