bring out the God-colors

On my drive to and from work there is a field … in the last few days it has been blooming a beautiful purple color. The field of clover is amazing.  Each time I pass by my eyes are drawn to the color.  The expanse of purple is conspicuous, spectacular, stunning.

“Here’s another way to put it: You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven.” ~ Peterson’s paraphrase Matthew 5:14-16

The field of clover does not toil or spin –
                    simply reflects the deep, beautiful God-colors.
         May my life be as simple, colorful, reflective.

Purple Clover

    There is a flower that bees prefer,
    And butterflies desire;
    To gain the purple democrat
    The humming-birds aspire.

    And whatsoever insect pass,
    A honey bears away
    Proportioned to his several dearth
    And her capacity.

    Her face is rounder than the moon,
    And ruddier than the gown
    Of orchis in the pasture,
    Or rhododendron worn.

    She doth not wait for June;
    Before the world is green
    Her sturdy little countenance
    Against the wind is seen,

    Contending with the grass,
    Near kinsman to herself,
    For privilege of sod and sun,
    Sweet litigants for life.

    And when the hills are full,
    And newer fashions blow,
    Doth not retract a single spice
    For pang of jealousy.

    Her public is the noon,
    Her providence the sun,
    Her progress by the bee proclaimed
    In sovereign, swerveless tune.

    The bravest of the host,
    Surrendering the last,
    Nor even of defeat aware
    When cancelled by the frost.
~Emily Dickinson

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