The colors of the trees up north are at their bawdiest. Loud and luxurious, it is like riding through a rainbow. Driving down from the northwoods to St. Paul, the colors blurred and blared all the way into town.
And once into town, I parked our car and walked to our condo on the corner, only to bump into the new daycare that has just opened up in our building. Giggling girls in colorful hijabs were walking with their teacher to the nearby park. They caught me by surprise. "You all look so beautiful!" I exclaimed. "Thank you" said a shy little girl flashing a wide grin.
Color, wonder, joy -- they are everywhere. We recognize this because actually the color, wonder and joy are already within us. Just as we wouldn't understand someone speaking Mandarin Chinese, unless we knew Mandarin Chinese, so we would not recognize beauty and joy unless we already spoke that language. Think of it, we all speak the language of joy!
The kingdom of God is known as the reign of harmony. Jesus said it succinctly in Luke 17:21 ".... behold, the kingdom of God is within you."
Wherever we are, we take the kingdom of God with us and our open eyes enable us to see new forms of beauty and color and joy.
"Beauty is a thing of life, which dwells forever in the eternal Mind and reflects the charms of His goodness in expression, form, outline, and color." (from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy 247:21)
Kim C Korinek, CSB
banner photo (c) Micah Korinek; other photos by Gabe Korinek, Kim Korinek, Brad Crooks. Leslie Larsen (c) 2016