There is something so clean, refreshing, and sunny about the color yellow–especially a nice light yellow. And now I can officially knock off having a pale yellow kitchen from my bucket list–Yay! I find myself drawn to this color over and over again. A couple weeks ago our dear friends had a sweet baby girl. I made a darling little yellow dress, headband, and diaper cover for their sweet Annabelle. Isn’t that a sweet name, deserving of a sweet color?
It was so good to see them and their sweet daughter. So many emotions washed over me as I realized that I had truly forgotten how small newborns are–how gently crafted by the Creator. All the while I was wrangling our Rebekah (a TODDLER now) so that she wouldn’t break anything or escape up the stairs. It wasn’t that long ago my arms held a sweet newborn. In some ways I want to return to those days, but having a 15-month-old is just way too much fun! (Well, most of the time. Cue crying baby in the background fighting a nap . . . )
I love the light yellow color so much because it reflects a certain gentleness of nature that refreshes my spirit and lifts my mood. And isn’t that what it feels like to be around someone truly gentle and kind–refreshed and happy.
Our culture celebrates boldness–and sometimes bold colors too. And boldness is often a good and needed trait–even biblical. God calls us to be bold in many situations. But he also calls us to gentleness:
“Let your gentleness be evident to all.” – Philippians 4:5
“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.” – Colossians 3:12
“But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness.” – 1 Timothy 6:11
“But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander.” – 1 Peter 3:15-16
When I think about the gentleness God calls us to, I can’t help but think that we need more gentleness in our world. And gentleness starts with how we treat one another at home, at work, and, well, everywhere. It doesn’t mean being a doormat or pushover–boundaries and even boldness are good things too. But in a world polarized by politicians and ripped apart by horrid acts of hate and violence, I think gentleness would be like the light yellow rays of sun breaking through the dark clouds of a stormy sky.
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