A Colourful Life
As we reflect on life we can see what we might call seasons, times of growth, times of decay, and even times of what we might call routine. However, there is one thing that is sure in our world and that is that things never ever remain the same. Sometimes rapidly and sometimes slowly and almost imperceptibly things and people and relationships and circumstances change. Nevertheless for those who have entered, through Jesus Christ, that blessed relationship with God there is something that remains the same, a truth worth resting in. George Wade Robinson, that Irish born poet from Cork Ireland captured it well in the opening line of his most famous hymn when he says that we are ‘Loved with everlasting love’. The love of God is something that in itself doesn’t change but yet it is a love that desires to transform and change us, and in fact is the only thing that can. For those who have come to accept the truth of the Bible this is a love that is surer than creation itself, and a love that will last as long as God lasts. This truth leads us to a new understanding, a new interaction with the experiences of life that we meet, different priorities, a new perspective. Mr Robinsons relationship with God certainly gave him a different perspective on life and new insights, he pens,
Heaven above is softer blue,
Earth around is sweeter green;
Something lives in every hue
Christless eyes have never seen:
What a testimony this most perceptive poet has. Can you or I say ‘Something lives in every hue, Christless eyes have never seen.’ For those who came to faith a little older perhaps this changed perspective is more obvious. But in the changing circumstances of life in the various shades and colours of experience those in relationship with Jesus can see things and enjoy a hope that is unseen by others. But the colours of our experiences are not just the bright greens, and reds, and yellows, and blues but the poet refers to ‘every hue’; it also includes the darker colours of grey, and purple, and black. Although not its primary intent and meaning this hymn always encourages me that in all the different experiences we go through in life it is better with Christ. He brightens the glad moments but is also present to lighten the darker times. Life has much to distract us and much to alarm us but when all is said and done it is important, in fact imperative, to be able to say with this Irish hymn writer,
His forever, only His:
Who the Lord and me shall part?
Ah, with what a rest of bliss
Christ can fill the loving heart.
Heaven and earth may fade and flee,
Firstborn light in gloom decline;
But, while God and I shall be,
I am His, and He is mine.
Might well we sing this hymn with gladness and gusto if we can sing it from the experience of our hearts.