The Color of Joy

“Is there a color for joy?” I asked my friends today.

“Vibrant purple,” smiled one.

“Red!” answered another. “Really, could it be any other color?”

“Blue,” I thought quietly, “deep, wide, brilliant blue… days when the whole atmosphere just breathes blue.”

“The Heavens,” I read aloud to my friends, “declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge.” (Psalm 19:1-2)

Could it be that joy is a broad synthesis of color? The whole spectrum of love ignited into colors across all of creation? Colors we can see and even those we can’t? Those we know this side of Heaven and all those we’ve yet to discover in eternity? Could it be that joy is simply love ignited, spilled in abundance across our lives, a reflection of God’s glory in visible, living color?

Love – not infatuation or friendship or even tender affection – but love, true Love, God’s love, Love that catches every tear, numbers every hair, and knows every word before it’s spoken. Love that lights our way in the dark and seeks us in our lonely despair, love that promises a way out of every temptation, yet refuses to give up when we get it wrong again and again. Love, patient and kind and selfless, that doesn’t envy or boast, isn’t proud or rude or arrogant or easily angered. Love that keeps no record of wrongs, but love that is genuine and honest and deep. Love that always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love that never fails. (1 Corinthians 13:4-7)

That is love that knows no bounds of time or space, Love so boundless He sent His own beloved Son to die that we might live! Love born to a small town girl far away from home, assisted one cold, dark night only by her husband, a man whose hands knew every grain and grade of wood, but not the skills of a doctor, a young girl, sheltered from the chill in a stable who gave birth to a Savior – a gift of Love refracted across every facet of this fallen, broken world into a million, brilliant shades of Joy!

Joy to the World, the Lord is come!
Let earth receive her King;

“There is no speech or language,” proclaim the Psalms, “where [the voice of the heavens] is not heard. Their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world.” (Psalm 19:3-4)

Let every heart prepare Him room,
And Heaven and nature sing…

All the earth proclaims the glory of the Lord, the Joy of the world, the incredible celebration of salvation, a Savior born to you this day in the city of David. Open your hands, open your hearts, and accept this precious, priceless gift – Christ the Lord! – and give Him thanks and praise!

*Written for the beautiful women of We Used to Be You Ministries — sharing life experience, providing wise biblical counsel, and sharing the love of Christ with girls and young women.


9 thoughts on “The Color of Joy

  1. The color of joy – God’s own choice – the rainbow , the full spectrum of color, symbol of promises made and kept. Beautiful post, Cindee. Your prose is as vibrant as your poetry. My heart leaped with your words, reminders of how intimate a relationship we can have with a mighty, all powerful God.


  2. How could they think it’s anything but yellow? Everyone knows joy is yellow!

    I guess that just goes to show that joy is one more thing we all perceive a little differently than others, and each in our own way. I don’t know whether joy is a “broad spectrum” or not—but I know we are, and that God derives much of His own joy from the vast variety He’s cast throughout His creation. I also can speak to how much joy I get from reading your thoughts and feelings expressed in glorious poetry and prose. You can color me grateful for that (and, as everyone knows, grateful is a pretty shade of purple).


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