The word “green” has been given a new meaning in recent years. It’s now more than a color or a description of someone who is new at something or envious of someone. “Green” now means doing something that saves natural resources, something that’s good for the environment. It certainly is a great trend, but I’m thinking that God has always operated by a “green” philosophy. The balance in creation itself is the ultimate example. Decaying material such as last year’s leaves are not “waste” but become fertilizer for the trees that shed them. God’s designed ecosystems where everything in a particular environment works together in a perfectly balanced manner.
When it comes to God’s most precious natural resource, human beings, He’s also always used a “green” philosophy. Nothing is to be wasted. Our failures, our sins, our mistakes, even the “accidents” of life are all used of God. In the Old Testament we find the story of a young man named Joseph who was sold into slavery by his brothers. But because of their dastardly deed Joseph ends up having a high position in Egypt where his brothers eventually come for relief from a famine. Lo and behold, it was their brother who was in position to help them, but because of what they had done to him they feared for their lives. However, Joseph was not at all vengeful. He saw it all as part of God’s great plan. He told his brothers, “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is being done, the saving of many lives.” (Genesis 50:20)
It’s often difficult to see what God is up to. Wow, is it difficult! But that’s what we must cling to, that God is always up to something good! So, if God were to be a certain color I’d have to go with green. He can recycle any and all of the junk of our lives into something useful!