I want to live like YELLOW…
let me explain…
Yellow was my mom’s favorite color.
It was a perfect color for her…bright, cheerful, uplifting…a JOY-full color and one of HOPE. The yellow-ish sun and stars…both bright lights, just like her. We might say she had a “sunny disposition.” An article in Psychology Today says if yellow is your favorite color, “Finding happiness comes easy to you and others would compare you to sunshine.” She was like a ray of sunshine, and radiated love and warmth to all who came into her path. She had a way of warmly caring for people she knew well and those she didn’t. Many have shared they miss her smile. Mom looked on the bright side of things and focused on the positive always. She rarely complained, even when she was in the battle of her life and in great pain. Oh, how I want to be more like that…
I want to live like YELLOW.
One of the definitions in the Merriam-Webster dictionary is “a color whose hue resembles that of ripe lemons or sunflowers.” Again…perfect for her. She loved lemons, all things lemon…she loved lemon slices in her water, squirted lemon juice onto vegetables and chicken, and baked lemon squares with powdered sugar on top. And sunflowers…we had sunflowers on the tables at my parents 50th wedding celebration. Sun–flowers…always lifting their heads up to the sun…how perfect for my mom…always pointing me and so many others to the Son, her Savior, Jesus Christ.
Just as anchors mean so much to me, so does the color yellow. Both remind me of my precious mom and I notice them wherever I go. There have been so many gifts of yellow and gifts of anchors this past year…such precious gifts from God. Seems like I notice these things everywhere I go now. They are reminders of her love, her life and they always brighten my day when I see them.
I want to live like YELLOW.
Gifts of Yellow:
*Anchor Pillow: When I returned back home a year-ago April after Mom’s Celebration Service, my bench in the front yard had a beautiful large yellow pillow sitting on it with a big white anchor on the front (along with beautiful planted flowers nearby). This was a gift from a friend. She had been at Marshalls looking for something special to give to me from my Bible Study group. She saw one large pillow and “pulled it off the shelf because it was yellow.” She couldn’t believe that it had a large anchor on the front and she got chills when she saw it. (Nautical themes often have anchors, but they are very often patriotic colors). The fact that an anchor was on a yellow pillow was quite unique…a special gift from God.
*Goldfinches: I have a bird feeder right outside my kitchen windows and I love to watch the many colorful birds that eat seed there every day. I see bluebirds, cardinals, sparrows, chickadees, and blue jays there daily. I have never seen gold finches. But, the first Sunday after I returned back home, there were two bright yellow gold finches at my feeder. My husband noticed them and when I saw the two bursts of bright yellow that morning, tears came to my eyes. Following that sighting, I purposely bought special thistle seed to attract more gold finches. I watched and waited day after day, week after week, month after month from last April-September for the goldfinches to arrive. They never came. My Dad was here for a visit this past October and I asked God if He would send us a goldfinch…One of the last days my dad was here, he was working outside in our yard. I went out to check on him and just as I got close to him, I looked up at the tree and there sat a goldfinch for both of us to see! The only other time I saw a goldfinch that first year without mom here, was this past April 13…the one-year anniversary of Mom’s departure to her heavenly home. Once again, I asked that God might send me a goldfinch as it would be such a special gift on a day of missing her greatly. I went to my neighborhood Bible Study and couldn’t believe my eyes…my friend, who was hosting, also has a bird feeder out her kitchen window. But, she gets a constant flow of bright yellow goldfinches at her feeder daily! There were several of them! How like God to send these bright yellow gifts to me to make me smile on a day of sadness. How wonderful for Him to use a friend to encourage me in the process…
So once again, I’ve bought some thistle seed and I’m happy to report that this May, gold finches have found the seed. Daily now, I get to admire these beautiful gifts of yellow and I am so very thankful.
I want to live like YELLOW.
*There have been so many other yellow gifts that I might write about in the future…my yellow knock-out rose bush that bloomed this past December for the first time, the beautiful yellow swallowtail butterfly that lingered at my butterfly bush often this past summer, a yellow iris that bloomed for the first time at my Uncle’s home last spring (It had never been planted), the gift of the yellow ribbons/anchor pins for my Mom’s celebration service…
So, on this Friday before Mother’s Day…I thank God for the gifts of yellow and the gift of a Mom who brought so much Son-shine and happiness into my life. Her love and life shine brightly still and will continue to inspire me to live more like the color yellow.
I also want to thank God for her identical-twin sister, my dear Aunt, whose favorite color was also yellow. She truly was a blessing, full of overflowing kindness, warmth, love, as well as the same Son-shining faith. It gives me great comfort knowing that these twin-sisters are in heaven together, shining brightly like the stars and in the presence of their Savior, Jesus Christ.
Isaiah 60:1 (AMP) says: “Arise [from spiritual depression to a new life], shine [be radiant with the glory and brilliance of the Lord]; for your light has come, And the glory and brilliance of the Lord has risen upon you.”
The Message version says it this way: “Wake up. Put your face in the sunlight. God’s bright glory has risen for you…But God rises on you, His sunrise glory breaks over you.”
The brightness of a sunrise…the magnificence and beauty as the sun breaks into the darkness at the beginning of each day…radiance…glory…beauty…
I want to live like YELLOW!