Written By Mathilda Cronjé
While on holiday in Canada I was struck by a poem I read in a local magazine by Arnold (Sparky) Watts. Nothing is said of who he is, or what his background is, but the poem itself made a huge impression on me. Every evening I made notes in my diary of what happened and what we did during the day. I decided to write the poem down to keep as a memento.
As I share this poem with you, ‘The Beautiful Color of Love’, my hope is that it will make a similar impression on you as it did on me. As South Africans, living in our rainbow nation, this poem may bring a new perspective when it comes to our different colours and cultures. I hope it brings a new insight and a new way of thinking for all of us.
‘The Beautiful Color of Love’
by Arnold (Sparky) Watts
What color is God,
Asked the child with skin so fair.
Is He white like me,
Does He have light hair.
Is God like me,
Asked the child with skin of golden hue.
Has He hair that’s dark and curly,
Are His eyes black or blue.
I think God is red like me,
The Indian boy is heard to say.
He wears a crown of feathers,
And turns our nights to day.
Each one of us knows that God is there,
In all the colors above.
But be sure of this, the one color He is,
Is the beautiful color of love.
So when your soul goes to Heaven,
When your life comes to its end.
He will be waiting, and his hand to you
Will he extend.
There will be no colors in Heaven,
Everyone will be the same.
You will only be judged by your earthly deeds,
Not your color or your name.
So when your time comes,
And you see God in His Heaven above,
Then you will see the only color that counts,
The beautiful color of love.
All I can hope is that we may all know with certainty that God is love.
1 John 4:8 (NIV)
‘Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.’
John 3:16 (NKJV)
‘For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him would not perish but have everlasting life.’
And so I leave you with this,
‘Go after a life of love as if your life depends on it – because it does’ (1 Corinthians 14:1 MSG).
The next time you look in the mirror, remember: it’s not about the colour of your skin, but the colour of your love. Love the One who is love, and love His precious people.