It’s a Wonderful World

Originally published in 1 Jan 2008. Updated 3 May 2017.

 

Have you ever stopped to look around and marvel at the beauty that surrounds you each and every day?

Have we got so used to it, we take it for granted?

The New South Africa

In 1994, we in South Africa experienced the ushering in of “The New South Africa” as it was widely called. For a period, the euphoria spread across the nation as people of all color—black, brown, yellow and white—joined together under the new leadership of Nelson Mandela and F.W.de Klerk.

The Rainbow Nation

As a tribute to the new nation, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Nobel Prize-winner (1984) and political activist, coined the phrase, “The Rainbow Nation.” He saw us as one nation made up of all different colors.

A wonderful world

It’s clear that God loves color. We only need to look around at nature to see this. See the fiery reds and oranges of an African sunset compared to the coolness of a blue sky mirrored in a calm sea. See tiny shoots of yellow, pink or red as they push their way through the life-promising green to herald the arrival of Spring.

We only need to look at nature to see how God loved color! Click To Tweet

No color is better than another, yet a khaki rose would not compare with its red counterpart, and blue earth defies imagination. In the same way, God has also made us different. He didn’t mean us to be identical. We have different natures, life-styles, cultures and abilities. Our appearance differs, whether we look at hairstyles, physiques or skin colors. Yet, just as those colors join together to make one rainbow, we are called to be one people under God.

We have many parts in the one body, and all these parts have different functions. In the same way, though we are many, we are one body in union with Christ, and we are all joined to each other as different parts of one body. So we are to use our different gifts in accordance with the grace that God has given us (Romans 12:4-6a GNB. )

Take a look around

Look around you now, and take note of the colors you see in your surroundings. Red? √ Blue? √ Purple? √  Green? √ In fact, I can’t think of any color that I can’t see, and I haven’t moved from my computer seat!

How about you?

What colors can you see without leaving where you are?

Tell me something about yourself. What gifts do you have? Where do you live in our wonderful world?

I’d love to hear from you. Please leave a comment below and if you leave a live link, I’ll get back to you.

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16 comments on “It’s a Wonderful World

  1. I love spring where I live because there are so many colors, between the blue sky, the many colors of flowers, and the green, red or even yellow of young leaves. Plus, the occasional rainbow!

    • Yes, spring is riot of colours here too. Although right now you would think we were in spring and not entering into winter! Thanks for your visit Alana.

  2. I am in India – a city called Bangalore in the south of India. Like you, I love to stop by and look around. Many things make me happy – flowers, trees, greenery, rain, etc.

    • Hi Parul. So good to have you visiting my S.African site. Isn’t the Internet wonderful? Thank you for your comment. If you enjoy nature, you will probably be interested in my current post on my other site: God’s Medicine Box. Have a great day!

    • “The Rainbow Nation” is a lovely term with beautiful connotations. As a nation we have every possible color of skin and so many different languages. (11 of them are official!) Even our anthem incorporates five languages! https://shirleycorder.com/nkosi-simelel/ Now if only our leadership could get their act together . . . (If you’re from America, know you understand!)

  3. I live in a small town in the Scottish Borders. We are in a valley of hills so what we see is hills surrounding us like a big hug! There is a river nearby and lots of farms and sheep. Very relaxing and calm

  4. The world is beautiful and I’m so glad. Here in Canada Autumn/Fall is the most beautiful colour wise. The trees change colour and autumn flowers grow. Summer is pretty beautiful too.

  5. The problem is that we don’t understand that diversity is a good thing. And this example of the colours is perfect… it adds to the beauty of the final picture, does it not?

  6. You’re right Leanne. If we could only expand the way we look at others to include the many differences we’d be a lot happier. Thanks for the visit. Have a great week!

  7. I love the colors of the world and my mother’s increasing blindness make me acutely aware of them. My mother has macular degeneration and her world has slowly gone to black and white, but even in black and white there are different shades and she can “see” colors based on the different shades.

    • Hi Jennifer,
      I’m sorry to learn of your mother’s macular degeneration. My mother had it as well. She deteriorated into a ‘khaki’ world, yet she seemed to sense the differences in people and scenery. Have a great week.

  8. I completely agree with you Shirley – it would be a very boring world if we all looked, thought and behaved the same (less stressful at times though!) God made us in our diversity and if we look at unity instead of disharmony and respect each other then the world is a pretty amazing place.

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