You’ll never guess what I am doing? My friend called me to say she has an assignment to do for her writing course and could I help her, as she is very busy and her mind just seems to be blank! The subject: Red!
Well, as the saying goes, I saw red! I mean to say how could she expect me to do something like that! In fact how could whoever it is choose a subject like that! Red!
My mind just went blank too. I nearly told her that I was much too busy and she should quit on that one.
But I soon began to feel guilty. After all what are friends for. Then too she had credited me with being clever enough to help her. So here I am trying to do a writing assignment for a friend.
My first thought is that red spells danger. If you see a man waving a red flag you can be sure he is telling you not to proceed — something is wrong ahead and you could land yourself in trouble if you don’t heed the warning. If the traffic light is on red then again you proceed at your peril, or someone else's.
If the red light comes on the dashboard of your car, then something is wrong and you ignore it to the detriment of your engine. The tail light at the back is there to warn the person behind you not to get too close.
There is an old saying, ‘Red sky at night shepherd’s delight; red sky in the morning shepherd’s warning’. Maybe that’s true. I don’t know.
But red is not just negative. There is also a beautiful positive side!
I think of beautiful roses — red roses. They speak of love and are given as tokens of such, especially for Valentines Day. Even a single red rose can say “I love you”.
Gifts wrapped in red are usually special too. At Christmas time red is everywhere, adding warmth and cheer to the Season.
I think too of a beautiful sunset, when just before the sun disappears at the end of the day the sky glows with a glorious red colour, a wonder of God’s creation.
Yes, there are many sides to red. I wonder if my friend can make use of my thoughts.
There is something else that is red and it is very precious, in fact it is life itself. It is the red blood that courses through our bodies. Without it we would be dead. It is common to all men, and I could give some of my blood to help save a life, whether of my race or another, for it is all the same.
There is the spiritual side too. In the Bible blood was shed as a sacrifice for sin. Without the shedding of blood there was no forgiveness. Innocent lambs were sacrificed as an offering for sin.
Then Jesus came and John the Baptist pointed to Him and said, “Behold the lamb of God which taketh away the sin of the world”, John 1v29. When the appointed time came He was nailed to a cross and He gave His life as a sacrifice for sin.
“Ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.” 1 Peter 1v18, 19.
In 2 Corinthians 5v21 we read, “For He (God) hath made Him to be sin for us, who knew no sin, that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.”
He shed His blood, the red blood that coursed through His veins that we could be made righteous.
The hymn writer says it too:
“He died that we might be forgiven,
He died to make us good.
That we might go at last to heaven,
Saved by His precious blood.”
Red! Perhaps there is more to be said, but I believe that even these thoughts will help my friend to get going on her assignment.
It’s surprising what you can come up with when you put your mind to it!
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