Wednesday, December 31, 2014

It's a Wonderful Life (in full color)

          Every year my family watches the classic Christmas movie, It’s a Wonderful Life. We always watched the black and white version until this year. I liked the black and white version. It gave authenticity to the time period,  the mid 1940’s.
         This year as we watched the latest color version, we were amazed at the details we could see because of the realistic coloring. In the black and white version everything was a shade of gray, and objects ran together. 
         In the colorized version the details jumped out. When Mary lost her bathrobe and had to hide in the hydrangea bushes, I never noticed the flowers before. Instead of gray leaves and gray flowers, there was vibrant distinction between the two. My husband said he never noticed Mary sticking her hand out of the plant before, asking for her robe. I didn't notice the knickers the boys wore before. In the black and white version their pants and socks all blended together in the bland grayness.
         It was like we were watching a new movie. Our teenage boys seemed more drawn in with the color as well.
         I started wondering how often I go through life looking at the grayness instead of the colors. Some events I view as the same old thing. They have become rote and I don’t have to think about them.
         Is that how I go to the grocery store? Am I on autopilot and so focused on the task, that I see the people and products in black and white.
         While driving to work, do I see the streets, cars and people in gray?
         At the gym? Walking the dogs? Christmas shopping?
         I miss so much around me when I am looking at the world as if it is all gray.
         Years ago I remember sitting at lunch with a group of women. The leader of our bible study fellowship class was eating with us and we were talking about prayer. One of the ladies asked if she should be praying about the small, insignificant things in her life, or just the major decisions. Another lady chimed in and said she always prayed about the little things, especially when she was looking for a parking spot. She prayed that God would provide her with a close parking spot. The rest of the group was silent, indicating to me they thought she was silly to pray for a parking spot. I remember the wise leader’s response, she said,
“The more we pray and then look for God’s response, the more we will see Him. If we only pray about the big decisions, then we are only looking for God to answer those prayers. If we pray about everything, and then look for God in all the details, whether He provides a great parking spot or not, we will see Him more often.”
         I want to see God at work all the time. The Bible says He cares about the details of our lives, but do I notice Him everyday?  I want to see God in color in my world, not in the grayness of black and white. I want to wake up, live life alert to all the colorful ways God works in me, in others and in situations. Don’t you?

     Jesus said, "I have come that they might have life, and have it abundantly." John 10:10
         I’m looking forward to seeing the New Year in full color. How about you?

 

10 comments:

  1. Your post is exactly why I chose WONDER as my oneword for 2015! I want to see everything in living color!!! Good, thought-provoking post.

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    1. Thanks Susan! Wonder is a great word for the new year. I am still praying about my word for the year.

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  2. I think that I've been seeing some aspects of my life in black and white and various shades of mind-numbing gray long enough. This was challenging for me. I'm going to have a good long talk about those dull areas of my life with our gracious God tonight. Thank you for sharing.

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    1. Thanks for reading Wendy! I agree with you about seeing in black and white for too long myself. Color is so much better. Blessings to you!

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  3. Love this idea! I want a colorized version of my life this year!

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    1. Oh me too! Thanks for stopping by!

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  4. Such a great analogy! We don't see what we aren't looking for, and we often don't realize we are missing out.

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    1. That was my thought Jen! I don't want to miss seeing God, or seeing what He has for me anytime. Thanks for your comments!

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  5. I love that movie, I didn't realize there was a color version. :) I love your analogy.. I am focusing on the word Strength this year in hope that I will be more dependent on Him and His strength in every area of my life, even the little areas that I don't feel like I need His help.. I want to involve Him in everything. O, and I also have prayed for a parking spot numerous times..LOL

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    1. You will have to watch the color version then. It was really like watching a different movie! We loved it. Strength is a great word for the year. Where we are weak, He is strong. Blessings to you Tobi! And I bet you get some good parking spots too. :)

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