Welcome, Emerson! Emerson’s first guest post speaks of beautiful colors to which we can not even fathom. You can read about Emerson, the newest contributing writer to 40YearWanderer, on the contributing author page.
I’ve always loved color. I have a big box of crayons and a small collection of coloring books that keeps growing in it’s size every time I find another that catches my eye (which is quite often!). There’s something about taking a plain, black and white print on a page and adding color to it that makes me so very joyous and happy! All of the different colors come together and make the picture spring off the page, giving it a feeling of depth and life. I love to use lots of color when shading in the pages, and I do mean a lot! I have been known to use up to forty different colors of crayons on one page alone!
My love of color inspired my curiosity to learn what color actually is and why we sometimes see colors differently than someone else. Did you know that color is actually created by our perception of light reflection? We perceive color differently based on how our eyes work and the amount of light that is either absorbed or reflected off of an object.
The Discovery Channel website describes it this way – “Visible light is a combination of many different frequencies. Each of these frequencies is perceived as a color by our eyes. The reason an object has the color that it does is because the atoms and molecules that the object is made of (or covered in, like paint) happen to vibrate at a particular frequency in response to exposure to energy. When light energy strikes an object, that energy is either absorbed or re-emitted. The light frequencies absorbed is determined by the frequency at which the object’s material vibrates. The color of an object is simply the combination of light frequencies that were not absorbed by the object’s material.”
Isn’t that fascinating?! I find it really interesting… and really cool! This got me thinking… if we have such beautiful and bright colors here on earth, which is lighted by the sun, what must the colors of heaven be like? The Bible tells us that we will have new bodies, so our eyes will no longer have the issues that we deal with now that may effect how we see colors.
“For we know that when this earthly tent we live in is taken down (that is, when we die and leave this earthly body), we will have a house in heaven, an eternal body made for us by God himself and not by human hands. We grow weary in our present bodies, and we long to put on our heavenly bodies like new clothing. For we will put on heavenly bodies; we will not be spirits without bodies.” (2 Corinthians 5:1-3, NLT)
It also tells us that God Himself will be the radiant light of heaven.
“And there will be no night there—no need for lamps or sun—for the Lord God will shine on them.” (Revelation 22:5, NLT)
So how will these things that we know of effect our perception of color? Will they be bolder and more vibrant? Will there be a greater contrast between colors? Maybe there will even be colors we have never seen before!
John also gives us quite a detailed description in Revelation of what God revealed to Him:
“Then the angel showed me a river with the water of life, clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb.” (Revelation 22:1, NLT)
“The wall was made of jasper, and the city was pure gold, as clear as glass. The wall of the city was built on foundation stones inlaid with twelve precious stones: the first was jasper, the second sapphire, the third agate, the fourth emerald, the fifth onyx, the sixth carnelian, the seventh chrysolite, the eighth beryl, the ninth topaz, the tenth chrysoprase, the eleventh jacinth, the twelfth amethyst.
The twelve gates were made of pearls—each gate from a single pearl! And the main street was pure gold, as clear as glass.” (Revelation 21:18-21, NLT)
Words like crystal, gold, pearls, and stones make me think that it must be a beautiful place. It must be even more beautiful than we could ever imagine! And just look at all the colors he has described with each jewel!
I can’t wait to see all of the bright and beautiful colors, and I can’t wait to share such an incredible and magnificent home with God, Jesus, my brothers and sisters in Christ, and all of God’s creation. Our God is truly amazing, and so is everything He has made – including color!
Would you walk the journey with us? Let’s love the world together! That would be such a blessing.