Thursday, October 31, 2013

Owning Yellow

I LOVE this picture. It's beauty catches my eye every time I come across it. I love the colors, the quantity, the setting, but I'm blown away by it's symbol.

Tom took this last spring on our family adventure to the Tulip festival here in Washington. It was breathtaking in person, but I told him over and over that this was my favorite picture. You may think I'm crazy. Yes, tulips are one of my favorite flowers, but it's the symbolism I see in this picture every time I see it.

Look at the single yellow tulip in the sea of red. Can you relate to that solo tulip? Have you ever found yourself in a sea of red looking for someone like you? Have you ever felt like the odd man out? Maybe you've even tried to be someone your not. I know I have. It can be a long and dreary journey. I LOVE that in this simple picture I'm reminded...I am who I am because God created me that way. I am PERFECT in his image. If I'm surrounded by a bunch of red tulips...then that's right where He wants me. He wants me to be different. If you really think about it, blending in is so boring. Quieting your opinion, beliefs, or style is unfortunate.Yet, in today's society we're told we're supposed to act like this, dress like that, be friends with her, don't trust him, parent like them...and on and on and on. It's no wonder we can get lost in a sea of red, but what if we took those situations and stood out. What if we owned being yellow and stood up for what we believe?

I'm not saying we pick up our cross and walk up and down the streets chanting versus or Bible stories (some people do that and it can make an impact, but it's not for everyone), but what if we find security in the ONE who designed us to be unique? Security folks! I think that's almost an oxymoron for moms. Or at least for me. I question my mommy skills on a daily basis, shoot if I'm honest...probably an hourly basis. But I'm the best mommy for my little rug rats. I was chosen to love them the best I can!

So as my eyelids are getting very heavy I'm well aware that I had NO idea what I was going to write about tonight and then I can across this picture. In a nutshell, this picture of tulips reminds me to be ME. If that means I'm different then the rest of the crowd, own it.  OK, that is all :) Happy Wednesday.

I'll leave you with a quote from the author of the current Bible study I'm doing that's stirred my desire to write again.

"Our dreams allow the eagle of our personality to soar. They show us what we were designed to do." Leslie Parrott

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