Hundreds of Millions of Colors
Do you remember when you were very young, "paint by number" kits? The image was printed on a "white board" in kind of blue ink, as I recall. Each color area was numbered, and you painted the picture by matching the colors with the numbers.
I specifically remember painting a picture of a deer in snowy woods.
The problem with those kind of kits is that the picture looks choppy. There aren't enough colors to actually paint a realistic picture.
I received an email from a friend today recommending that I watch a particular YouTube video (the link is here if you would like to watch it) called Drawing Heaven. It is about a 12 year old girl with an amazing artistic talent. She talks about the relationship she has with God and how she is able to translate the visions she has of heaven into painted images. She said, "(In heaven) there are hundreds of millions of colors that we don't' know yet."
That phrase stuck with me. I think she's probably right, and about more than just the colors in heaven. There is so much that we have no words for. There aren't enough words or colors in our palettes to describe heaven or even God. We do the best we can with our rudimentary paint by number kits, but there will come a time when the picture will be clearer, and we will know.
Until then, we can't even imagine it.
Images: Stained glass in United Methodist Temple in Beckley