Beyond Borders

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A New Meaning


Yellow. Definitely not my favorite color. Unlike most that see yellow as joy, happiness and fun; (Who could forget the bright yellow circle? Always smiling from, well, side to side?) I see yellow as bittersweet. Melancholy. Longing. It brings an err of sadness. This was not a place I wanted to visit, and certainly did not want to participate in color our world this month. Yes. The color is yellow. I envisioned posts of happiness. Art representing joy. Celebrations of life. My thought was this… what a downer my contribution of yellow would be…

I chose to pursue it anyway. Just take a leap. I snapped the camera. Scribbled notes. Sketched lines. And I prayed. I began to see yellow in everything. Flowers. Trees. The grass. In the kitchen. In the laundry. And most importantly in scripture.

The result of a month of seeking out yellow? A new meaning of the color for me.

The sun rises and breaks the veil of darkness.  The shadows flee in the majestic glow. The glow so brilliant and bright. Yellow.  Yellow so tangible, I can almost touch it. I turn my head, shielding my eyes from the glow. Like the love so great I just cannot bear to see. Bear to believe that I am worthy. The warmth.  It envelopes. Like the stroke of the Fathers hand on my cheek. He holds me there. Whispers I am worthy. I am His. And there is nothing. Nothing I can do to chase away His love. His love is fierce. It’s jealous. It never fails. It meets me where I am. And it refines.

The glow travels from the east to the west. Casting brilliance on everything it touches. Reminiscent of His love casting my sins as far as the east is from the west. As it sits low in the western sky, everything still glows. Yellow. It slowly slips beyond the horizon and it lingers, eventually succumbing to the dark. As I turn to the east I see it once again, the glow. The moon… extravagantly lighting the dark.

Though you lie down among the sheepfolds, You will be like the wings of a dove covered with silver, And her feathers with yellow gold.”
Psalm 68:13

This post is linked to the color your world challenge. If you would like to join in click the photo below…

are you ready to join in the color challenge?

1. may’s color is yellow! (other linky dates and colors)

2. take yellow… interpret it how you want using whatever medium you want.

3. write a blog post about it.

4. grab the ‘color your world’ button to display on your blog or link back to the linky.

5.  link up your blog post (not your blog). link will stay open through sunday, may 6th at 11:59 pm cst.

‘color your world’ is a monthly linky hosted by…

jennifer @ studio jru
jen @ i believe in love stephanie
@ beyond words designs

Author: Shelly Richardson

A stay at home mom, married to my best friend, who loves like Jesus. Together we have four beautiful daughters. One biological, one adopted and two by way of marriage. Our 12 year old daughter was diagnosed with Aspergers syndrome when she was 6 years old and our youngest was diagnosed with autism at 3 years old. I have dealt with chronic illness most of my life and at times has been debilitating. It is through this illness and the special needs of our children that drew us closer to God. Beyond Borders is the place where I write out my story of living beyond my borders. A place to share of God’s love and grace, His mercy and sovereignty, and what that looks like in my own little world of chronic illness and autism. A place where courage and faith intersect and He moves me to action. My hope in writing is that you find something that inspires you. Encourages you. Makes you smile.

5 thoughts on “A New Meaning

  1. Love how you were able to see in a new light rather than what it usually represents. Love your photos of light peeking through!

  2. Shelly… that is so amazing that seeking yellow has brought new meaning of the color to you. This is such a beautiful and heartfilled post. Thank you so much for sharing and joining us!

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