It’s Friday and time to link up with Lisa-Jo for Five Minute Friday!  You can join in the fun HERE.

Pardon the multiple directions this post wanted to go. I had a hard time reeling in red.

PROMPT:  RED Credit: Dreamstime

“I find I’m so excited, I can barely sit still or hold a thought in my head. I think it’s the excitement only a free man can feel, a free man at the start of a long journey whose conclusion is uncertain. I hope I can make it across the border. I hope to see my friend and shake his hand. I hope the Pacific is as blue as it has been in my dreams. I hope.” ~ Red

This is a quote I shared last year in my eBook. Red is a character from my favorite movie The Shawshank Redemption and this is one of my favorite lines you hear Red narrate at the end of the movie. As I was thinking about Lisa-Jo’s word prompt this week it occurred to me that the word red is the beginning of the word redemption. How cool is that?

It reminded me of this verse from Isaiah 1:18 “Come now, let’s settle this,” says the Lord. “Though your sins are like scarlet, I will make them as white as snow. Though they are red like crimson, I will make them as white as wool.”

I didn’t much care for the color red growing up. My favorite colors bounced back and forth from blue to green. But over the last decade or so, I’ve grown to appreciate the color red more and more. I see potential in red. In our previous house in NC, my husband and I opted to paint our dining room walls a bold red. I loved it.

Tomorrow is my birthday. One of the beautiful things I’m liking about getting older is having a firmer sense of my likes and dislikes, of what’s important and worth my time and what is not,of who I am and who I’m not, of who I want to be and who I don’t want to be.

Years ago, a teacher in my life criticized me and told me that I blended into the wallpaper. I know in her heart she was meaning those words to be constructive, but they weren’t received that way. I made the mistake of believing her words and for years my life became the color of drab.

Today, I like the color red.  I see the hope of what could be in that color.

Today, I happen to be friends with this interior decorator and He continually shows me what He is capable of doing with red.

The Man’s got skills!

12 thoughts on “REDemption

  1. Leah

    Enjoyed reading your thoughts on red. 🙂 It was a bit of a harder prompt for me, too. I hope you have a fabulous birthday with a splash of red. 🙂

    I’m your neighbour over at FMF. ~Leah

  2. Robin

    I love the verses you quote- and I so identify with how you feel about blending in and being afraid of red. Like you, the older I get the more I like it. Thanks for sharing. And, Happy Birthday!

    Visiting from FMF.. Robin

    1. Eileen Post author

      Yes! There are benefits to growing older. I like how we never stop growing and disovering more and more about how He created us to be.

  3. EvieJo

    I also love the color red and was also hurt by a teacher when I was in middle school. I still hear those words swimming around in my head even though I have been through a ton of intentional healing since I heard them about 40 years ago. I don’t believe them anymore but the memory is still there and that old saying about “sticks and stones” is definitely not true! Love you Eileen!

  4. Amy P Boyd

    I love the thought of red equating to Redemption. I have never really be a fan of red but to look at it with those eyes will it precious each time I see it going forward.

    PS I love your barn picture & Happy Birthday.

  5. Joy Lenton

    You have drawn so much from one word, Eileen! The quote is lovely. To see ‘red’ as the beginning of redemption is lovely. It also frames redeemed and rediscovery, both words speaking of freedom. Red is a colour that never fit me either as a child or younger adult. Interestingly, I veered naturally toward blue and green too. And being one of twins (non identical) meant being able to hide behind my taller sibling and blend into wallpaper as she stood darker, stronger and more vibrant altogether. Now, silvery-blonde as I feel on my good days (platinum grey on others) I can wear red at last and look forward to being older still and relishing wearing more purple as well, with a red hat ofcourse to top it off! See this link to get my drift: Blessings 🙂 xxx


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