Payne’s grey is a deep and rich and vibrant color. It is the color of many skies in November and March. It is a color which heralds the arrival of a storm, or the presence of loud tenacious winds. It is a color which we cannot ignore.
It demands to be noticed. It calls us to attention. It speaks the name of change; often a violent change, a trauma filled transition.
Payne’s grey is a major player on the palette of Lent. During Lent we rid ourselves of the need to pretend, be phony, or to make hope into something high and apple pie-ish. Lent is the season of a soul seeking a mature and a most mysterious hope.
This short span of days is spent puzzling as to why we waste so much time on matters of such little importance. Lent is when we stop the small talk, and talk the big talk of meaning, even if only to ourselves and our God.
Every one of us goes through literally hundreds and maybe thousands of storms in a lifetime. The soul is also battered and bruised by many violent moments of turmoil and trauma. Frightening thunder peals and jarring lightning strikes, winds which can rip trees and hearts out at their roots, and rain or hail or sleet or snow which can come with such fury, our vision blurs to blindness, and we become disoriented or hopelessly lost.
Like an August thunderstorm which wipes away a smug sky of high heat and humidity, Lent will in the end provide respite and relief. Still, it can be a scary time. It can be a time when we wish to hide in the basement under a table, and not risk an unplanned trip to Oz, where the Wizard is a good man, but a truly lousy wizard.
Payne’s grey; lots of indigo; a dab of deep purple; a pinch of black. Mix hurriedly. Then gaze at the color, and you will feel Lent calling you inside – not out of the storm, but into it.
O, Lord of Lent, free us to behold the storm. Let us tremble before its power, and pay homage to its charge to change. Let these storms move us…move us up…up to higher ground. Let us heed the storm’s call to drop everything and go! Amen.
Reverend William R. Grimbol has spent the past 30+ years helping people create and develop strong spiritual connections with loved ones and God. He is also a published author, with over a dozen books to his credit.