Color–A Foretaste of Glory Divine

eCES3465A friend of mine from here in Henderson texted me a few days ago and told me he was at an art museum in Indianapolis viewing an Ansel Adams exhibit.  I told him that he could have just stayed home and looked at my pictures.  I indicated to him that my pictures were certainly more colorful than that Adams guy.  Needless to say I was joking.  Ansel Adams is one of my photographic heroes, but it is true that my images are more colorful than his since he primarily did black and white work.  I enjoy looking at good black and white photography but am so very thankful to live in a world filled with color.

I took time this past Friday to go do some photography with a couple of friends in the nearby Henderson Sloughs Wildlife Management Area.  What a beautiful day it was!  The sky was a glorious blue and the spring greens were putting on a show.  The fields of yellow flowers we saw were so bright you almost needed sunglasses to view them without pain.  After I posted some pictures from the trip on Facebook a number of people commented on how beautiful the colors were.  It was that kind of day.

eCES3423The last couple of nights I’ve been working on a new digital slide show to share with a group on Tuesday.  Since I recently celebrated my one year anniversary in Henderson I decided I would put together a program that highlighted the natural beauty I had captured with my camera the past twelve months here.  When I looked at the folder of images I had worked on for the presentation I was taken aback by the amazing palette of color before me.  In my journey through spring, summer, autumn and winter I must have seen almost every color imaginable.  Seeing all those colors thrilled my soul.

It also reminded me of something I had read just a week before.  The movie Heaven is for Real is playing locally and I mentioned to someone I’d like to see it.  I was told I should read the book first.  I happened to have a copy so one day I sat down and read it.  I found the whole story quite fascinating but one of the things that really stood out for me was the young boy’s physical description of heaven.  After his near death experience Colton told his father that in heaven there are lots of colors—“rainbow colors.”  Numerous times in the book attention is given to the colors Colton saw in heaven.  This intrigued me.

eDSC5410Interestingly enough, the picture the Bible paints of the New Jerusalem in the Book of Revelation is one filled with lots of beautiful colors.  We’re told the walls are made of jasper and the city of pure gold.  John adds, “The foundations of the city walls were decorated with every kind of precious stone.” (21:19)  Among the stones identified are sapphire, emerald, topaz, chalcedony, sardonyx, carnelian, chrysolite, beryl, chrysoprase, jacinth and amethyst.  I know what some of these stones look like but for others I haven’t a clue.  I doubt that we are supposed to understand any of this literally; it is more likely that these are just glimpses of the indescribable.  I have no doubt, however, that heaven will be beautiful.  It will not surprise me at all if it is more colorful than anything we have witnessed here on earth.  In fact, I suspect the colors we so enjoy are—in the words the song—only “a foretaste of glory divine.”  If God put so many wonderful colors into our temporary home, I can only imagine what colors await us in our eternal one.  That leads me to believe that there will be no black and white photography in heaven.  Sorry, Ansel!

–Chuck

(I took the three pictures shown above at Henderson Sloughs WMA this past Friday.)