“In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.” (John 1:4 ESV)

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Suits of a Different Color

by Macy Johnson

“Four great beasts, each different from the others, came up out of the sea.”
(Daniel 7:3 NIV)

Seated at the Bridge table I glanced down at thirteen playing cards fanned out in my left hand.

A roaming heart appeared in my diamond pile. I looked up at the players at my table and asked, “Why are there only two colors, red and black, in playing cards? I think each suit should have its own color.”

My friends agreed and encouraged me to do something about it. So, that evening after dinner I announced to my husband that I would design new playing cards: the clubs would be green and the diamonds would be blue.

Then, out of curiosity, I opened the Amazon store app on my phone and searched for playing cards with different-colored suits. Believe it or not, there they were, just as I imagined! I couldn’t order a set fast enough.

The next week at Bridge, I proudly presented my new decks of playing cards. To my surprise they were not as enthusiastically received as I imagined. I erroneously assumed my friends would embrace with enthusiasm the uncommon cards. Some did, but most didn’t.

In a world where conformity is praised, where people try to fit-in rather than celebrate their individuality, I look for God in the differences. Although different is good, I understand how difficult it can be sometimes to accept. We are set in our ways, but our Creator is a Master at upsetting His world in order to orchestrate change. I marvel at the unique details He parades on a daily basis before my eyes.

I will look past colors and shapes to see the inner, distinctive beauty and worth of everyone and everything I encounter today, while I celebrate and embrace differences. I hope you will, too!

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