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A Splash of Gold

By Cathy Irvin


The other night my art group was discussing changing our name. In thinking about the old story of Midas and his golden touch, I came up with "Golden Brush."

Immediately I thought of royalty and the greatest Painter of all--the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. He is the Master Painter. Just look at His creation--the trees, the sky, and the red and gold fall season that is upon us.

I can picture the Lord with His golden brush painting each individual leaf on those massive trees that line the mountainsides. Red, green, brown, orange, and gold were never my favorite colors, so I never decorated with them. 

But last year I bought platters shaped as oak leaves along with some decorative pumpkins and gourds for my kitchen table. It was warm and inviting. After fall and Thanksgiving, I realized how much I liked the season. 

Venturing into the crisp, cool air of the morning is a welcome change from the intense summer heat. I saw a headline in the paper, “Has Autumn Been Cancelled?" and thought that changing seasons is one thing we can depend on.

The Lord has it all under control. It may be shorter or longer than what we think we’d like. Sometimes summer seems to never end and, at other times, winter seems too long. But winter, spring, summer, and fall, God wants and will have them all. 

He takes His golden brush and paints up the world. He also adds His golden touch to our lives if we let Him. 

He is painting our lives in His special way, so that we might add color to this dark world. What if this was a land without color? It would be boring, dull, and gloomy. One of the reasons God created the seasons was to add His golden touch. 

We are to be a light to the world we live in. Hopefully, we're bringing life to our surroundings. Let us give the Lord permission to change us, to add that splash of gold. Then we can be a welcome change in this life filled with people who need a dab of paint upon their minds and hearts. Their lives can be changed from glory to glory until they are a work of art so that the Master of their soul can say, “Now you are My child, and I can display you for all the world to see.”

And God said,

"Let there be lights in the expanse of the sky to separate the day from the night and let them serve as signs to mark seasons and days and years.” (Genesis 1:14, NIV)

"The light of the righteous shines brightly, but the lamp of the wicked is snuffed out." (Proverbs 13:9, NIV)

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Cathy Irvin authored well over 50 Devotions for CBN over three decades where she served the Lord Jesus Christ at the Christian Broadcasting Network. Cathy loved telling stories and glorifying God in all that she did. On December 16, 2011, Cathy left this earthly dwelling to take up residence in the dwelling prepared for her in Heaven. Her devotions minister with love and truth.

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