“Could you imagine life without color?”
When I first saw this question I had to read it twice and after that I had to think. Really hard. It does seem hard to imagine life without these wonderful colors we have in our lives. Recently, with some friends, I watched a video made by the paint company Valspar about the concept of #ColorforAll.
The video started with the same question and the first time I watched it I didn’t even take a second thought imagining life without colors. Towards the beginning, Valspar mentions that over 300 million people in the world are colorblind and cannot see a lot of the same things that we see on a day-to-day basis. Think about that! Could you imagine not being able to see what a sunrise/set looks like? Could you imagine not being able admire a nice blue or green shade of something?
But before I go into more:
What is colorblindness?
certain specialized cells retina
“There is nothing wrong with the wiring. The problem exists in the eye with the pigments.” -Donald McPherson Ph. D.
Before all this, I knew that colorblindness involved not being able to see certain colors! I did know that it was possible to not be able to see any color, but was uninformed that it was more likely than you think.
Anyways, with the help of another company called EnCroma, the two companies in a partnership were able to create these glasses where people with colorblindness can see for the first time in their whole entire life (gosh, imagine that pressure on those companies). They began to see all these beautiful colors and started talking about how they never really questioned why everything was grey. Finishing off the video, a woman who experienced color for the first time said this: “Color is an amazing experience that I think people probably take for granted.”
(You can go ahead and leave this page to watch the video but I also put a link at the end of this blog post- this is almost over.)
“My ears had heard of You but now my eyes have seen You.”
So I thought to myself about how cool that video was. It really was such a good idea and I think that Valspar did a great job helping the normal sight-seer step into the shoes of someone with colorblindness. Wouldn’t you say so? Well, just tell me after you watch it. After seeing that and moving on through out the next few days, I didn’t think much of it until the previous night before writing this. In the past few months, I have been enjoying learning about taking photos (blogs, videos, messing around on the camera, blah blah blah). But when I went through my photos I, out of the blue (color pun intended), ran into this picture I took of this beautiful sunset that still is hard to describe.
So then I began to think some more! Why is this beginning to pop up? I just felt like I needed to go to Scripture. I eventually came across this:
“The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. He was in the world, and though the world was made through Him, the world did not recognize Him. He came to that which was His own, but His own did not receive Him.”
After reading that, I went back to what the person said in the video– “people probably take color for granted”. In other words, it’s almost like we don’t receive it. We admire the beautiful thing He created, but yet we sometimes get used to this idea that we forget what those colors truly represent- which is that God has created for us to absorb it in.
My final thought
We remember and love that God created this beautiful world….BUT what about the people who can’t see this color? The Word is an example of Christ’s plan, but don’t we also want them to see these beautiful an example of His plans-the colors?
People were able to create glasses for people to see colors. Isn’t that awesome? It’s such a cool concept:
People reaching out to people to be able to see what God has created for all our people.
Isn’t it like that with Christ? Christ for all, right? It’s not just to the ones who can see it but to everyone. God has created us to have the free will to choose to do whatever we want and the different types of people to experience an incredible way to learn about Christ.
Hopefully I haven’t bored you to death and hope that this wasn’t a complete waste of time for you! I just felt like it was something that was shared with me and something I wanted to share with you.
In this, I’m just a creation trying to live for the Creator.