Is your world black and white?

Remember in 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.

Technicolor was a big deal from the 20s to the 50s. It was a vivid motion picture process known for its punchy colors and was widely used in Hollywood in 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 our mundane existence?

Our world can fade to black and white.

Have you noticed that children naturally see their world in full color? So alive in the moment – so full of wonder that they have to run everywhere lest they miss something . . . It’s easier for them to believe in God and in miracles than it is for adults. Nothing is impossible, absurd, or outrageous 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 their eyes can see. But then we grow up, and skepticism begins to smear our once vibrant-colored world, giving us a jaded eye. We trade simplicity for complexity, our sense of wonder for disillusionment, and our dreams for “the the seat of the scorner”. Our life experiences default into a colorless daily grind void of flavor, rhyme or reason.

STOP: If you are a hopeless optimist this blog may not make sense to you, but it will made sense to the person who has experienced long seasons of disappointment and discouragement.

The Color Test.

How can you know your world is fading into muted colors? Things sacred become mundane. The revered and respected are now ordinary. Things that once fueled your passion have paled into a dull, translucent routine. Every day begins to merge into a single monochromatic (black and white) event repeated over and over again.

The danger is that we can fall under the spell of our transient moment, somehow believing the lie that this is all there is. The nascent hope we are re-born with in Christ no longer calibrates the way we see the world. We abandon hope in this lifetime to the eternal future in heaven where everything will be better.

In this kind of view of the world, it’s easy to trade our once childlikeness for childishness – base juvenile sins and attitudes.

The sons of Eli from the Old Testament are a good example of this. In their disillusionment, they lived for the moment.  Although they were priests in the God’s temple, Scripture 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 consecrated stewards of God’s house who lived and served daily at temple – yet they engaged in prostitution. No one was more tuned to eternity than the priest. What could have happened in the hearts of these young men for their once vivid world lived in God’s majesty to descend into a bland existence of immorality? Could it be that they lost something they were born with – The simplicity that Paul warned us never to lose? The childlikeness that believes all things? The naïve conviction that says, “God will get me through” – That even though we are on the opposite side of eternity’s door, we can have a foretaste now.

C.S Lewis wrote,

“At present we are on the outside . . . the wrong side of the door. We discern the freshness and purity of morning, but they do not make us fresh and pure. We cannot mingle with the pleasures we see. But all the pages of the New Testament are rustling with the rumor that it will not always be so. Someday, God willing, we shall get “in”… We will put on glory… that greater glory of which Nature is only the first sketch”.

Romans 15:13  May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing,
so that by the power of the Holy Spirit, you may abound in hope