First Published October 5, 2016
2 Timothy 3:16
All Scripture is
God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking,
training in righteousness
When I was in Kindergarten I remember getting a box of 8
large Crayola ® Crayons. I liked staring at the array of choices with which I
could “color my world.” I also learned
the names and spellings of the colors: black, violet, blue, green, red, orange,
yellow, and brown.
In First Grade I got another box of 8 crayons, but this
time, they were smaller, to match my better dexterity. I now could concentrate on finer lines and
more detail in my coloring projects.
When I received my box of 16 crayons I was ecstatic! I
could now use new colors carnation pink, blue green, blue violet, red orange,
red violet, white, yellow green, and yellow orange. I felt so much more mature
being able to express myself using a wide range of colors. It also became more confusing to discuss
colors with others. Did orange mean
orange, yellow orange, or red orange?
By the time I received a box of 24 crayons in sixth
grade, I wasn’t doing much coloring, but I was awestruck over the new
colors. But still, that wasn’t the end.
Crayola had the 48 and 64 count boxes with incredible colors like Orchid,
Olive, and Magenta.
And still, as exciting as I was to be able to describe my
visual thoughts using so many colors and combinations of colors, there was
increasing problems of using these colors in conversation. I remember someone insisting that there was
no such thing as the color “olive.”
My point is that some of scripture is broad based like “God is love” (I John 4:16b). Other verses are more precise like “Whoever does not love does not know God,
because God is love.” (I John 4:8).
We should expand our “crayon box” by reading and studying
the scriptures. This allows us to keeping in mind that some are simple with a
wide range of interpretation, while others are more specific. Today, can we
think about explaining the Good News simplistically with three “crayons”? Can we also expand our palette to include
more “colors” and more detail? Let’s try
Thank you God, for the wonderful colors you have given us
in this world! Help us to realize the
simplicity of the primary colors of the Gospel as well as the intricate hues of
your Word. Also Lord, please give me the
patience and understanding to accept the simple three-color verses as well as
the enriched multicolor words inspired by you. I humbly ask this in your Son
Jesus’ name, amen.
Copyright 2016, Karen Vaughn