I see your true colors . . . shining through.
Have you noticed how often it takes a while to see the true colors hidden behind the humble exterior? Take my visit to Sainte-Chapelle in Paris. This is a smaller cathedral a short walk from the famed Notre Dame. My first glance showed a gray, dirty building almost hiding in the trees.
Built in 1248, the stone church appears past its prime. It does not impress as you head toward the entrance.
Inside, you can tell that at one time care and color were put into this building. After all, it adjoined a palace and the king attended here.
Chips and faded floors echo better days.
Ah, but then you enter the church proper and the beauty renders you speechless.
The light shines through, and the colors soar above you, up and up, their jewel tones sparkling, surrounding you with breathtaking beauty.
Sainte-Chapelle boasts more than 6,000 square feet of intricately colored glass. Each little piece lights up as the sun moves. During the French Revolution, this became administrative offices. Tall cabinets hid the glass. So when the choir stalls and other parts of the church fell victim to vandalism, these windows weathered the war. The rainbow of colors survived to be enjoyed hundreds of years later.
The surprise of the true colors of Sainte-Chapelle reminds me that too often I judge by outward appearance with people, too. I don’t make the effort to converse with someone because I’m preoccupied or in a hurry or don’t take notice. Beyond a tired, maybe humble exterior, though, most of us have a story just waiting to shine through.
The words to the song, “True Colors” say it well:
You with the sad eyes
Don’t be discouraged
Oh I realize
It’s hard to take courage
In a world full of people
You can lose sight of it all
And the darkness inside you
Can make you feel so small.
But I see your true colors
I see your true colors
And that’s why I love you
So don’t be afraid to let them show
Your true colors
True colors are beautiful,
Like a rainbow.
Here’s hoping you’ll take the time this week to discover the “true colors” of someone in your world.