Is your world black and white?

Remember the Wizard of Oz where Dorothy steps out of her black and white world and into this new magical reality – a world in full Technicolor?  It was amazing how stark the contrast between the two worlds were.

techicolor was a big deal from the 20s to the 50s. It was a color motion picture process known for its punchy colors and was widely used in Hollywood it its day.

Could it be that the reason why Technicolor resonated with people so much was because in the back of their minds they know there is something more, something beyond the five senses, something that surpasses scientific evidence?

The world can fade to black and white.

Our life experiences tend to default into a colorless daily grind void of flavor, rhyme or reason. How can you know your world is fading to black and white? Things sacred become mundane. Things you once respected and held in high esteem are now ordinary. Things that once fueled your passion have faded into a dull, translucent routine.

I think of the sons of Eli in the Old Testament. Although they were priests in the God’s temple, it says the sons of Eli “had no regard for the Lord.” (1 Samuel 2:11–36).

Eli’s sons were not some outsiders who knew nothing of the temple; they were stewards of God’s house and worked there ever day - yet they engaged in temple prostitution. No one was more tuned to eternity than the priest. What could have happened in the hearts of these young priests where their world once filled with color faded into black and white?

Have you noticed that children naturally see their world in full color. It’s easier for kids to believe in God and in miracles than adults. Nothing is impossible or too absurd to a child. They simply believe, not out of naiveté but out of an intuitive sense that there is more to this story. They know that there is more than what our eyes can see. But we grow up, and skepticism begins to tarnish our once rainbow-colored world.

Solomon stirs us out of our bland world with these words:

He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end. Ecclesiastes 3:11

And yet our near-sightedness can kill us.  We become entranced in the transient moment, somehow believing that this is all there is. Some even look to heaven as an end of life destination, a place where everything will be better & set right - but not something that calibrates the way they live today.

There is a reason why Jesus told us to “Seek first the kingdom of God”, why Paul charged the Colossians to “Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.” (Colossians 3:2).

More later.