The Love of God as seen in living Color
This article shows how God expresses His love to us in nature
What makes color in Nature?
Why do some trees turn into a radiant maroon, red, orange, and yellow colors in the fall? Trees are green in the summer because of chlorophyll, a green pigment in the leaves absorbs red and blue light from the sun. The light reflected from the leaves appears green to our eyes.
Chlorophyll is an unstable substance, and bright sunlight causes it to decompose rapidly. Therefore, plants must continuously synthesize and regenerate it. The shortening days and cool nights of autumn, however, interfere with this process. As chlorophyll breaks down, the green colors of the leaves begin to fade. Some trees change from green to bright yellow as the chlorophyll degrades. In others, the action of sugar in the leaves creates a red pigment, causing the leaves to turn maroon, purple, and bright red as the chlorophyll fades. In the Spring we enjoy another dazzling array of softer brighter colors as the bees pollinate the flowers of plants and trees. God has His way of keeping us aware of His majesty and beauty.
But why do we have color? As far as Scientist can discern It seems to serve no practical purpose other than beauty. Why are there photoreceptors in our eyes that enable us to see it?
I believe that God’s goodness is the point of His creation. He is “good to all, and His tender mercies are over all His works” (Ps. 145:9). He colored the world for our childlike delight. He’s like that, you know. If you can remember, the first still pictures and movies were only available in black and white with shades of gray. The action of the movies was exciting to watch but visual stimulation was dull and drab. Color was only seen in magazines and paintings. I can remember when NBC started broadcasting a few special programs in living color. Most people had to buy new TV’s to see the color programs. I would watch a program just because it was in color even if I did not like it. The beauty of color is a delight to the eyes. As we enjoy the beauty the Creator provides let us not neglect to delight ourselves in Him. There is a blessing in doing so. See (Ps. 37:4)
Rev. George Pryor Th.M.