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See More Blue

"Speak unto the children of Israel, and bid them that they make them fringes in the borders of their garments throughout their generations, and that they put upon the fringe of the borders a ribband of blue." Numbers 15:38

The color of the leaves is not the only thing that changes in the fall of the year. Have you ever noticed how blue the sky is this time of year? It is not just your imagination either - the sky really is bluer in the fall. Science tells us there are two reasons for this. First, the sun is positioned lower in the sky. As the days get shorter, the sun's path across the sky sinks lower to the horizon. This increases the amount of scattered blue light that reaches our eyes on the earth's surface. According to Earth Matters, Climate and Weather, "The sun is no longer directly overhead and more of the sky is significantly angled away from the sun. And the Rayleigh scattering directs more blue light towards your eyes while the indirect sunlight decreases the incoming levels of red and green." The second reason the sky is blue in the fall is because there is less humidity. Since the air isn't holding as much moisture, clouds don't form as easily and haze doesn't canopy the sky. The result is a crystal clear view of the beautiful sky above.

I think God's favorite color is blue! There is so much of God's amazing creation which is blue. The sky and the oceans should teach us that God wants us to see more blue.

God wanted His chosen people, Israel to see more blue too. Good reminders of God will prove invaluable in a world that is full of hate and heartbreak. Notice God's instructions on placing a blue ribbon in the fringe or borders of their garments. Most of the time it's in the fringes, or edges of our lives that we need to be reminded that God is with us, and will direct us in all our ways. It's the "in between" times of life that our doubts and fears cause humanness humidity to rise and everything and everyone seems to get sticky. And when the Son, the Lord Jesus is right over us, we often cannot exercise the faith to walk with Him because we are blinded by taking Him for granted.

"The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament showeth his handiwork." Psalm 19:1

When we look at the sky, we look up! God is higher than we are, higher in thought and in ways. God's word says that when we look at Him we are saved! And since salvation is by Grace, the very desire to look to God is given to us by the Holy Spirit. The more we look for and to God, the deeper the roots of our faith grows. In effect, the more blue we see, the better Christians we will be. Yes, the fall of the year is a great time to renew our faith in God and store up the Father's goodness as we prepare for the winter ahead. Really, all of our lives as believers in the Lord Jesus Christ is a preparation for what's ahead, Heaven. Heaven is a prepared place for a prepared people. The more blue we see on Earth the more like Heaven it will be. So, please join me on a fall tour to see more blue!

The fall season is a great opportunity to be reminded of God's faithfulness to us. Our Father in Heaven is true blue my friends. Way back in Genesis, God promised that as long as the earth shall stand, there will be seasons.

"While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease." Genesis 8:22

Now, our being faithful to God may need some work, but be very sure that God's faithfulness to us cannot get any bluer or any truer.

"If we believe not, yet he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself." II Timothy 2:13

That should clear the atmosphere and enable us to see more blue.

Fall means change and often change causes us to forget God's faithfulness to us. When we lose temporal blessings and comforts caused by loss of loved ones, friends, health and circumstances of life like aging, etc., it hurts and often we question God as to the whys of life.

Liken your losses though to a tree shedding its leaves in the fall. As I look out my window in my study I can see leaves falling from the pecan trees in my back yard. Now, I have sat in this same chair, looked out the same window, at the same angle toward the sky, and have not been able to see nearly as much blue in the sky as I'm seeing just now. Why? The answer is the leaves blocked my view of the blue. Often, we have so much to do and so much to take care of, we don't realize these things are only temporary - until they shed. Then we see what's important - we see more blue. Even though the branches of your life are swept bare by the bitter wind of sorrow or adversity, be hopeful, look always up into the unfathomable depths of the Father's love. The sorrowful periods in life, when everything desirable seems to be falling away or apart, is necessary for our spiritual growth. Can you not already "see more blue?"

As much as the fall season with the shedding of leaves causes us to see more blue, so does our falls in life. The blue ribband sewn in the Israelites' garments reminded them of the Lord's commandments, and the clothing also identified them as God's own people. God describes His people as sheep that are prone to wander, to stray from His Holy Word and direction. Remember that one of the reasons the sky is bluer in the fall season is because of the angle of the sun. When a child of God commits a sin, it hurts his or her conscious and heart because fellowship with the Lord Jesus is broken. God is hurt too! But when the Holy Spirit leads the sinner to repentance and confession is made, there is no clearer, fresher, wholesome feeling possible than when through the prism of tears, the true blue, faithful promise of God's forgiveness is felt.

"If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." I John 1:9.

No one likes to fall or fail. But did you know that failures and problems are not calamities, but blessings in disguise? If we can get through the humidity that drama creates in life issues, we will see more blue. People go to hell with full pockets; they turn to God when they have nothing. Remember they had to lock John Bunyan in Bedford Jail before he would write his immortal "Pilgrim's Progress." And Saul of Tarsus would have never been remembered had he lived the life of luxury planned for him. He had to be blinded before he could see more blue! And the more blue the Apostle saw, the more he loved and served God. If we never see God in failure, but only in success, isn't that a strong attitude for a people who have the cross as the emblem of our faith?

One more thought on seeing more blue. Science tells us that the position of the sun has an effect on the blueness of the sky. So if position is important to our view, then the lower we are, the clearer God will be manifested.

To see more blue then involves worship. Worship is our response to God, its bowing before Him as creator, redeemer, Lord of Lords and King of Kings. The position of the ribbon of blue on the Israelites' garments was in the place which held the entire garment together, the borders, or hem. As God's chosen people, we must always and constantly cultivate and adjust our priorities and all of our life really, so that God has first place. Blue ribbons signify first place in any event. And there is no greater activity you and I will ever do in life on earth than worship God! That doesn't mean just an hour or two on Sunday either. It means with all of our lives, all day, every day - 24 - 7!

"But seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you." Matthew 6:33.

Sometimes our view of God is skewed because we are out of position. Thatís when the fog sets in and gloom and despair are sure to be the results. In the Old Testament, King Nebuchadnezzar started blowing smoke about how great he was and what he had accomplished, but when the smoke cleared, and God repositioned him, his understanding returned unto him and he lifted his eyes toward heaven and saw more blue than ever before.

Don't miss God's sign in the fall season. Seriously attempt to see more blue! When we do, we will remember our faithful, Heavenly Father and realize how much we have to be thankful for, including our losses and setbacks! Sometimes my GPS on my phone will say "recalculating" when I miss a turn enroute. While it's true that all of life's lights are not always green, the Christian will always have the wild, blue yonder. Just think, if God makes His creation His concern, then how much more does He plan and care for us? He made us for Himself, and He has placed a ribbon of blue in our lives and hearts. When you read your Bible, sing in church or the shower, stand on the mountain of success, or lay low in the valley of failure, know for sure that it's all in the fringe of your faith so that you and I will see more blue.

Brother Randy

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