18th April 2018

Monochrome or Technicolour?

“God saw all that he had made, and it was very good.”
Genesis 1:31 (NIV)

As a child, I was told my pet dog could not see colour – everything the puppy saw was black and white. Dog trainers would avoid using coloured objects when training pets to do certain tasks, These findings could improve how animals are trained and what they are capable of learning, however this theory has now been disproved by Russian scientists who have found through research that dogs do see colour, though the spectrum is different to that of a human being. [1]

I was reflecting on this recent research as I strolled in parkland with my dog. The seasons bring forth bounty which sustains the nation for another year. In autumn the trees seem to rejoice in this by displaying spectacular shades of gold, russet, red and bronze. How sad it would be if one could only see in monochrome.

With the fast pace of life today, do we take time to appreciate the panoply of colour that God gives? Some countries are not blessed with specific seasons and theirs is an arid desert, but even here beauty is present in the magnificent night skies. Western skies are often so polluted with artificial light that the wondrous spectacle of the stars is blotted out. Isaiah 40:26 tells us to “Lift up your eyes and look to the heavens: Who created all these? He who brings out the starry host one by one and calls forth each of them by name. Because of his great power and mighty strength, not one of them is missing.”

Everything that has life on this earth has a beauty given by God. From the newborn infant to the distant planets, man is blessed with the splendour of God’s creation. Do we take it for granted? Are we so accustomed to singing God’s praises that we don’t heed what we are saying? This makes the worship valueless. How annoying is it when someone is talking to us and looks away and eye contact lost, totally distracted. We feel rejected, and unnecessary. Is this how we treat our Creator?

Everyday cares and the pursuit of material things robs God of the praise due to Him. In each season of mellow fruitfulness let us remember the psalmist’s words, “When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them” (Psalm 8:3-4).

Let’s stop limiting God—look around and see the colour: the magnificence of creation in the minute and in the massive. God’s hand is all around us. Behold His greatness and give thanks.

Prayer
Thank you, wonderful Father, for your magnificence – a glory we comprehend on a very small scale. We look forward with excitement to seeing you face to face and praising you wholeheartedly, as we see the full measure of your greatness.
Amen

Study by Irene Wilson

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About the Author:
Irene Wilson is a Deaconess in the Watford Congregation of the Worldwide Church of God UK, part of Grace Communion International, where she also serves on the Pastoral Council.

Local Congregation:
Worldwide Church of God Watford
St. Peter’s Church
61 Westfield Avenue
Watford, Herts.
WD24 7HF

Meeting Time:
Saturday 11AM

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[1] http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2374872/Dogs-CAN-colour-Scientists-dispel-myth-canines-black-white.html

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