Of Sea and Sky

God’s creation; such an indescribable wonder. Here at Kenya’s eastern coastline, I enjoy the varied hues of blue found in the Indian Ocean and expansive skies above it. Even in His color schemes, God is artistically amazing.

Debbi pointed out recently that we eat food of many different colors, but not blue. (Maybe blueberries are the exception). Even serving a meal on a blue plate is unconsciously repulsive enough to reduce one’s appetite. It is as if God were saying, “The beauty of blue – the color of 70% of the earth’s surface and 100% of its ceiling (clouds notwithstanding) – is out of bounds for you to consume.”  Interesting.

Then there are the greens. Grass green. Palm-tree green. Variegated green. Lush bushes of green. Pine green. Forest green and spinach green. I can see most of this array just by looking out over our lawn and “green”house.

In Kenya, bougenvellia accents most hedges and climbs up many trees such that the vibrant red, pink, purple or orange flowers are breath-taking in scope and presentation. Or our sweet peppers going to the market: deeply yellow, red and green. Even if they were not delicious, I would be tempted to buy them just to enjoy their beauty!

But the lobster they brought to our kitchen this week — Wow!  Guess what: we did NOT buy it (If you would like such a one for dinner, welcome to Kenya – we’ll be sure to find one just for you).

A drive through northeastern Kenya is, in contrast, blatantly drab and void of bright colors. Yet even the desert browns are beautiful. In fact, ‘earth tones’ are my favorites for most purposes.

It is striking that our Creator fashioned us in His own image. The creative power within each one of us flows from the Master Creator of the universe. When we sing, draw, write, speak, dance, paint, work or worship, that Holy Spirit-delivered power crescendos in our unique creative expression of the Divine. How astounding!

I’m wishing you a creatively color-filled, divinely inspiring day.

~ Diane

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About Omondis In Kenya

Ibrahim and Diane Omondi serve on the DOVE Christian Fellowship International Apostolic Council, giving oversight to the region of Africa. They have been ministering together in Kenya since 1984 and now oversee the work of more than 100 congregations in four nations. They also give leadership to the missions thrust of DOVE Africa which includes 14 Kenyan and Ugandan missionaries serving among unreached people groups in these nations. The Omondis direct Springs of Africa, a non-profit organization sponsoring micro-finance, community development and various education initiatives.
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4 Responses to Of Sea and Sky

  1. James Turner says:

    A beautiful piece of writing! Your family breakaway down to the coast sounds like it was a really inspirational & recharging time.

  2. Laurie says:

    YaaaY……..ToDAY I get to read this!! Yesterday i was trying every which way to open a post that now I realize was not really there (!), but because I don’t trust my limited computer expertise, I was clicking on all kinds of things! 🙂

    I LoVE this post, because I am a HuGE lover of the colors, wonders, and beauty of God’s creation! It’s so hard for me to turn and walk away when I’m staring at the ocean, or at the aMAZingness of a fresh morning snowfall. I am always thinking, “How is it that every person on earth does not just ‘get it’, by looking at things around them on any given day?”

    The “blue-part” of your entry made me smile, ’cause it’s so true. When I’m trying to find a blue fruit to use in a ‘patiotic-looking-dessert’ here is the USA, I have to settle on one that is more purple or black than it is blue. Every spring when i go to the greenhouse to choose some new flowers to plant, I always look for blue ones, or ask if there are any plants that you can’t tell yet, but will later ‘bloom blue’. It’s not even that blue is my favorite color, but because blue flowers are more rare than all the other colors, I just really like seeing them:)!

    I love this one poster that I have which pictures a beautiful bunch of roses, and and at the bottom it says, “Artist, God”. Thanks so much for your “creatively color-filled, divinely inspiring day” -wish!

  3. Bill Sprague says:

    Our God is amazing and we stand in awe of His variety and profusion of joys that delight our eyes. He could have made just one of everything but He has created all things abundantly to enjoy. Thank you for the encouragement to enjoy the world around us!

    Bill

  4. Bill Sprague says:

    Thank you for encouraging me to enjoy the colors and hues of my world. Blessings!

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